Analysis of Injuries in American Collegiate Ice Hockey
Ice hockey combines extreme velocities, various quick movements, high levels of contact, and inherently aggressive play. Therefore, the risk of injury is substantial, but what injuries are the most common?
In a study done in 2005, 8 NCAA Division 1 schools were observed over the course of one season. In this season, there were 113 collective injuries from 23,096 athlete exposures. From this data, they found that:
1. 65% of injuries occurred during games, even though games only accounted for 23% of athlete exposures
2. The overall injury rates were 13.8 per 1000 game athlete exposures and 2.2 per 1000 practice athlete exposures
3. Collision with the players accounted for 32.8% of injuries and collision with boards accounted for 18.6% of injuries (more than half in combination)
4. Concussions accounted for 18.6% of injuries and was the most common
Bottom line: More injuries happen in games compared to practices and collegiate ice hockey athletes are more prone to concussions than any other injury‼️
Stay tuned for a future series where we breakdown the hot topic of concussions for you!
Reference: Flik, K., Lyman, S., & Marx, R. G. (2005). American collegiate men’s ice hockey: an analysis of injuries. The American journal of sports medicine, 33(2), 183-189