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To depth on how certain factors that may

To begin to amplify the spectrum of
increasing the safety of players on the ice, and addition to information given,
it is very importance that equipment, the backbone of safety is put  into play .One way to describe a comparison between
how hockey injuries and real-life situations co-exist is Ice Hockey and riding
a motor cycle, in this article it states, “both are increasingly popular
activities in the United States, and both are associated with high risks of head
and facial injuries.”(pg.) This statement sums up the jist of how to compare
this topic. One way to combat head injuries is using helmets. With In the pediatric
study called “Hockey Helmets, Face Masks, and Injurious Behavior”, this article
goes in depth on how certain factors that may contribute to injurious
behaviors, and how the medical community can play a role in advocating change
within the sport. Within the journal, the two authors Tenna M. Murray and Lori
A. Livingston heavily stress on the fact that “Reduction in incidence of head
and face injuries with the use of mandatory protection” and “Contribution of
wearing head and facial protection to the development of players’ injurious
behavior.” (Murray, Livingston) with these statements, which to most could be
confusing, but in all honesty, it explains that with the cost of voluntary
involvement of using helmets, it can be the best for a player to be able to
grow and advance throughput his/her career, but is it the safe option? Even
with the skater’s helmets being of concern, another player, the goalie, must be
speficily careful of his requirement since they are the only player that is on
the ice from the entire game. In the journal article “A comparison of the capacity
of ice hockey goaltender masks for the protection from puck impacts”, the
research that this study conducted showed that “A hybrid III head form was
fitted with four different goaltender masks and impacted with a hockey puck in
three locations at 25 m/s. The masks were found to vary in the level of
protection they offered as the mask with the thickest liner resulted in lower
forces than the thinnest mask for side impacts: however, the thinnest mask
resulted in the lowest force for the front impacts…Despite performance
differences at specific locations, no one mask proved to be superior as peak
acceleration and peak force values did not exceed the thresholds necessary for
concussion.” () This only shows that regardless of what position you have on
the ice, either a forward or goalie, it should be considered that we must find stronger
and more upgraded system to the safety of helmets, regardless of what position
the individual is on. Leagues and manufacturers need to find a better safer
alternative to the standards we have today and address these troubled areas on
the masks and helmets to ensure that the player is completely guaranteed that
his/her head, and overall body protection is safe.