Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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Research article
Recreational Ice Hockey Injuries in Adult Non-Checking Leagues: A United States Perspective
Pasqualino Caputo1, , Douglas J. Mattson2
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1 St Elizabeth Medical Center, Trauma Center, 2209 Genesee St., Utica, NY, USA
2 Department of Physical Therapy, Utica College, Utica, NY, USA

Pasqualino Caputo
✉ Okeechobee County Health Department, P.O. BOX 1879, Okeechobee, FL 34973-1879, USA
Email: linocaputo@hotmail.com
Publish Date
Received: 20-12-2004
Accepted: 08-02-2005
Published (online): 01-03-2005
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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to analyze injuries among adult recreational ice hockey players. This was an observational prospective cohort study with data collected on injuries sustained during one season in the adult recreational ice hockey leagues of Oneida County, NY. The injury incidence rate was found to be 12.2/1000 player-exposures. The most common anatomic region injured was the head/neck/face (35%). Collisions were most often reported as the mechanism of injury (44%). Fracture was the most common diagnosis. Of players wearing face protection (full cage or shield, or partial visor/half shield), none suffered facial injuries, while all facial injuries reported were to players not wearing facial protection. The concussion rate was 1.1/1000 player-exposures. A lack of protective equipment was associated with 38% of injuries and 24% of injuries involved penalties. A history of prior injuries was found in 89% of injured players with 28% re-injuring the same body part. This study’s findings suggested various strategies to address player injuries such as mandatory full facial protection and shoulder pads, strict enforcement of game rules, and game rule modifications (no body checking). Further research is needed on the role of preventive rehabilitation in players with previous injury history.

Key words: Ice hockey, recreational, adult, old-timer, United States


           Key Points
  • The injury incidence rate was found to be 12.2/1000 player-exposures, similar to previous Canadian literature.
  • The concussion rate was 1.1/1000 player-exposures.
  • 38% of injuries involved a lack of protective equipment and 24% of injuries involved penalties.
  • Full facial protection and shoulder pads should be compulsory.
  • Strict enforcement of game rules is necessary.
  • History of prior injuries was found in 89% of injured players.
 
 
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