Why don't kids and teenagers use neck guards anymore?
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02-24-2008, 12:24 AM
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Edmonton, usually
I've been playing goal since I was 6. I'm almost 23. Neck gaurds aren't that effective. I've been in countless scrums in front of the net. One guys skate actually got caught on the guard. I've taken pucks off my collarbone with and without a guard. The guard leaves you with a severe choking sensation. The plastic guard I personally don't like either. Where I play its not manatory for goalies.
IMO, players need to be taught control. Both with sticks and their feet. The kids I coach are taught that if they fall to the ice that they should always be aware of where their feet are and to never raise their feet in the air.
Concussions are a far bigger problem. A thing i've noticed is that hockey is majorly missing the respect for other players. Players aren't taught that anymore. Its all about finishing your checks and doing whatever it takes to win, regardless of the persons.
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