Why don't kids and teenagers use neck guards anymore?
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11-26-2007, 02:18 PM
Join Date: Nov 2007
I would dare say that compliance on the mouth guards with in USA hockey is near 100% yet the number of head injuries/concussion is still VERY high. Would making a head check an automatic 2/10/Game curb the number of head injuries?
the problem here is that most kids wear cheap boil and bite mouthguards, a mouthguard with less than 4mm of material is not effective in preventing concussions and they tend to fit so poorly that most of the time they are used as chew toys hanging out of the corner of a child's mouth, just having a guard is not in compliance with the rule. If the spirit of rule 304c where followed, they recommend a custom mouthguard, you would likely see the number of concussions drop. There are companies out there now that will get you a custom mouthguard for as little as $50. Concussions are classified as minor traumatic brain injuries by the CDC and will end more athletic careers than any other injury. try
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