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June 18, 2007 — Inside the Journal of Athletic Training, a summation

So, after the last two weeks, what have we learned?

It’s a tough question, for the layman.

But that’s why your Founder has done all of the work for you.

To me, the June 2007 issue of The Journal of Athletic Training is nothing more than the Trojan horse, with a field hockey recommendation for helmets acting as a sneaky attempt to influence the debate on eyewear in the sport.

Why do I say “sneaky”? It’s simple; look at the other 14 studies in the issue. None of them make a recommendation as radical as the mandatory helmet recommendation found in the field hockey study. None of them.

In fact, one of the studies — that for men’s lacrosse — shows that one piece of protective equipment is actually not beneficial to its athletes. That equipment: helmets.

Now, I’m not as glib as the political advertisement makers. But I think I have a sentence that will make you — and, hopefully, the field hockey rulesmakers — think twice.

“Would you put a men’s lacrosse helmet on a field hockey player now that such helmets are actually proven to increase injury?”