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    Injury Report System

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    There are a lot of steps to be taken to improve the prevention of certain ice hockey injuries, as well as to develop a network of communication between coaches, managers, referees, equipment manufactures and sports physicians to improve the performance and safety of ice hockey players. Recognizing the potential risk and identifying the causal relationship are the most important directives of all injury data collection systems. For this reason we have just developed an international standardized Injury Report System (IRS) for international comparison. This Injury Report System has been introduced in the Swiss Ice Hockey Association (SIHA) since 1996 and will be soon presented to the Ice Hockey Federations that are members of the IIHF's A and B Pools. The intent of this program is to introduce a systematic, standardized and simple recording system to promote a truly international system for continuously monitoring the risk and pattern of ice hockey related injuries. The main problems of a data collecting system, e.g. Definitions (Injury, Athlete-Exposures, Game Injury Rate and Severity of an Injury), Data Security, Compatibility, are explained in detail. As a consequence of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) having its legal domicile in Zürich, Switzerland, we have to follow the Swiss Data Protection Law. The data security is only guaranteed if the IRS's data is stored on an anonymous base. In this way it is possible to exchange information internationally and nationally regarding the health of A and B Pools IIHF's registered player with respect to all the paragraphs of the Swiss Data Protection Law. The systematical evaluation and analysis of this data will be the basis of further research to improve equipment, rules and training schedules.


    ice hockey injuries, international standardized recording system, epidemiological analysis, SIHA, IIHF

    Author Information:

    Biasca, N
    Member of the Rules Committee of the International Ice Hockey FederationChairman Prof. Dr. med. Christian Gerber, University Hospital of Zürich, BalgristZürich,

    Lorentzon, R
    Member of the Medical Committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation, Prof. of Orthopaedic Surgery, University Hospital of Umea, Umea,

    Montag, D
    Chief Medical Officer of the International Ice Hockey Federation, Weilheim,

    Committee/Subcommittee: F08.15

    DOI: 10.1520/STP15226S