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Ice hockey boards: how to assess the biomechanical loading ...

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By ku schmitt — hockey boards could significantly reduce injury risk, by virtue of a design ... today, ice hockey board systems consist of the actual board element and a. 2 pages
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I. INTRODUCTIONIce hockey is a sport in which injuries occur frequently, with injuries sustained through board contactaccounting for approximately 20–40% of all injuries sustained [1‐3]. There are indications that improved icehockey boards could significantly reduce injury risk, by virtue of a design that reduces the biomechanical loadingof a player at impact [4‐6]. Today, ice hockey board systems consist of the actual board element and atransparent shielding. While some requirements regarding the geometry are defined, performance criteriarelated to an impact of a player or standardised impact tests currently do not exist. One option to investigatethe impact dynamics of a board is the performance of pendulum tests [e.g. 7]. Such tests determine thedisplacement of a board system, as well as its stiffness and energy absorption characteristics. However, itremains unclear to what extent these parameters are linked to the injury risk. Therefore, a test series wasconducted using crash test ...