STP1341: Hockey Headgear and the Adequacy of Current Designs and Standards

    Halstead, PD
    Laboratory Director, Graduate Research Assistant, and Laboratory Technician, Sports Biomechanics Impact Research Lab, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

    Technical Director and Administrative Director, Southern Impact Research Center, Knoxville, TN

    Alexander, CF
    Laboratory Director, Graduate Research Assistant, and Laboratory Technician, Sports Biomechanics Impact Research Lab, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

    Cook, EM
    Laboratory Director, Graduate Research Assistant, and Laboratory Technician, Sports Biomechanics Impact Research Lab, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

    Drew, RC
    Technical Director and Administrative Director, Southern Impact Research Center, Knoxville, TN

    Pages: 8    Published: Jan 2000


    Abstract

    Technology has surpassed the requirements of hockey headgear standards in use today; however, very few helmets have improved in design/performance. The CSA and ASTM hockey headgear standards are two of the least demanding standards in use and should be updated to account for new materials, a variety of hazards, and use conditions. The design of the helmet should also be investigated to reduce the amount of rotational and possibly cervical injuries. This paper will demonstrate where the current standards need updating and will present theories on how to reduce some of the injuries that plague the sport today.

    Keywords:

    hockey, helmet, standards, impact energies, pass/fail limits, hazards, temperature, geometry


    Paper ID: STP15230S

    Committee/Subcommittee: F08.53

    DOI: 10.1520/STP15230S


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