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Archive for June 12, 2007

June 12, 2007 — Inside the Journal of Athletic Training, part 9: women’s ice hockey

Ninth of 14 parts.

Today’s segment investigates what the Journal of Athletic Training has to say about a women’s sport that is played to much different rules than its men’s equivalent: ice hockey.

Women’s ice hockey

Main results: Injuries occur in games with five times the frequency in practices, and even though there is a no-check rule in the NCAA, half of game injuries come from player-to-player contact.

Recommendations: Evaluate the effectiveness of the no-check rule.

What the study directors missed: About 11 years’ worth of data; the study only covers women’s ice hockey after it became an NCAA-championship sport.

What the study directors underreported: Four out of every seven game injuries is to the upper extremity, even though the game is pretty much played along the ice most of the time — much more than the men’s game. Concussions are especially high in the NCAA — much more than in the helmetless game of field hockey.

Equipment recommendations made: None.

Equipment recommendations not made: Padded helmets, dense foam body padding, cushioned boards.