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“Calculated risk,” as a concept, champions the premise that the benefits of sport both cause and justify the risks of sport. Calculated risk, however, need not be only a concept but a measure that can be derived from a valid epidemiological data base. Such a data base requires the presence of a central registry of uniformly and continuously submitted information concerning whatever injuries are experienced in the sport, whatever scenario data are associated with the injury's onset, and whatever exposure data are associated with those programs and products that are followed by the central registry. Such a central registry would enable hockey leadership to have an inventory of what is being experienced, an evaluation of the need and significance of suggested changes in the sport, an awareness of the change in injury patterns when rules or other practices are modified, and a base for rebuttal or reinforcement of safety concepts circulating within hockey circles.
ice hockey, sports injuries, epidemiology, hockey injuries
Assistant executive director for administration, United States Olympic Committee, Colorado Springs, CO