"Keep Your Head Up"

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"Keep Your Head Up"

Young hockey players who keep their heads up and brace themselves as they anticipate collisions really can reduce the severity of head impacts, as coaches say, a study of boys wearing special helmets has found.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls traumatic brain injury a serious public health problem in the U.S., where children under age 15 account for about 40 per cent of the 1.1 million such injuries that send people to hospital emergency rooms each year.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/05/16/hockey-boys-helmet-head-injury.html#ixzz0oCAOeddj


Are there stats for head injuries among kids from the pre-helmet days?  It seems common sense that more protection equals safer players, but I'm not so sure about that.  I think more protection equals more carelessness (among helmet-wearing cyclists as well) and less respect for each other on the ice.