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by Paul on 09/29/11 at 11:07 PM ET
from the CP at TSN,
Most helmets are designed to do one thing well: Prevent catastrophic head injuries.
And they do.
As for stopping concussions, that’s more of a work in progress.
Hoshizaki said that helmets are constructed to shield players from linear impacts, such as when a player falls backward and smacks his head on the ice.
But his research has shown that most concussions occur through what’s called angular acceleration, where a player suddenly turns into a big hit. That’s what happened to Crosby, who took an abrupt shoulder to the side of the head against Washington on New Year’s Day.
In his next game, Crosby was checked into the boards (more of a linear impact but his brain may have been still recovering, Hoshizaki said).
“Can the helmet do better? Yes,” said Hoshizaki, whose lab tests around 5,000 impacts a year involving football and hockey helmets, along with those used in Alpine skiing. “But they will never prevent concussions, just help decrease the risk of concussions.”
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