Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/26/12 at 12:25 AM ET
from Greg McArthur and Lisa Priest of the Globe and Mail,
Next week, a group of businessmen and a podiatrist will unveil, at the Hockey Hall of Fame, what has been dubbed a “revolutionary” step in the protection of athletes’ heads – the noggin, a form-fitting black skull cap outfitted with cushioning gel packs that athletes can wear under their helmets….
But one word not likely to be uttered at Tuesday’s press conference is “concussion” – even though the company previously claimed in promotional material that wearing the $29 polyester and spandex cap under a helmet “significantly reduces the chance of concussions and mild traumatic brain injuries.”
The noggin, some neurologists and biomechanical engineers say, is the latest example of an overhyped attempt to solve hockey’s concussion epidemic with protective equipment – a trend preying on parents’ worst fears.
Here’s the website for the Noggin if you want additional information.
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