SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 30 June 2014

Catastrophic Ice Hockey Registry: USA Hockey and Mayo Clinic


Catastrophic injuries in the sport of ice hockey are rare but result in life-altering conditions such as paralysis and cognitive impairment, or even death. Potentially catastrophic injuries without permanent functional disability are also a serious concern. In 2006, Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center and USA Hockey established a registry for catastrophic and potentially catastrophic injuries sustained by ice hockey players in the Unites States. Since data collection began in 2008, our research team has acquired 45 database entries obtained from self-reports, Google Alerts (using the term “hockey injury”), and the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System. Cervical fracture and neck laceration were the most common types of injuries, with the spine and head being the most commonly injured body parts. Steps to reduce the aforementioned injury types and locations include USA Hockey's “Heads Up, Do Not Duck” program and increased use and awareness of neck laceration protectors.

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Gaz, Daniel, V.
Sports Medicine Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, US
Stuart, Michael, J.
Sports Medicine Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, US
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Developed by Committee: F08
Pages: 1–15
DOI: 10.1520/STP155220120149
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-7582-2
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-7538-9