Bauer to acquire Cascade Helmets

Interesting news in the hockey helmet market came across the wire this afternoon, as Bauer Performance Sports Ltd. has made a move to purchase Cascade Helmets Holdings, Inc. for $64 million, according to NASDAQ.com.

Cascade has made a name for themselves with the M11 helmet promoted heavily by Mark Messier as being a safe option for hockey players concerned about concussion risk, and it will be interesting to see how the technology behind the M11 makes its way into Bauer’s offerings in the near- to mid-term future.

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Does NFL Bounty Scandal justify NHL’s Injury-Disclosure Policy?

Don’t expect clarity any time soon on the NHL injury front.

METAIRIE, LA - AUGUST 05:  Head coach Sean Pay...

METAIRIE, LA - AUGUST 05: Head coach Sean Payton talks with Defensive Coodinator Gregg Williams of the New Orleans Saints during practice at the New Orleans Saints training facility on August 5, 2011 in Metairie, Louisiana. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

One of the more frustrating aspects for fans of the NHL, particularly at Stanley Cup playoff time, is the secrecy with which injuries are treated by most teams around the league. Even though a player may have been obviously slashed on the hand and suffers a likely bone break, all we’re told is that he suffered an “upper body injury”, or if his knee gets mangled by a low hit, it’s termed “lower body”. This season, the Detroit Red Wings even gave us a “middle body” injury to ponder.

Concussions are often the most-secretive of hurts, especially in the early days as a team tries to get an idea of whether a player will be out for just a few days, or a longer, indeterminate amount of time.

While many observers have criticized the policy introduced in 2008, or gone on end-runs around a team to determine a player’s injury status, the defense from the league’s standpoint has been one of player safety and fair play. If other teams know details of opponent’s injuries, they can take advantage of them.

In the wake of the NFL’s bounty scandal, that defense can now be considered lock-tight. [Read more...]

How to properly fit a hockey helmet

Isn’t it worth a few moments of your time to help protect yourself or your young hockey player from a severe brain injury?

Chris Clark demonstrates the proper fit of a hockey helmet - snug, with the chin strap tight

Now THAT's a nice, tight chin strap. (Photo credit: 5of7)

Hockey helmets are perhaps the single most important piece of protective hockey equipment, but all too often, they aren’t used to the best of their capabilities. They sit too loosely on a player’s head, or the chin strap dangles far lower than necessary, allowing the helmet to fly off in the event of a collision, just when it’s really needed most.

So make sure to review the following video, for a few invaluable tips on how to make sure your hockey helmet fits correctly. [Read more...]

Spot sports concussions earlier with the Impact Indicator

Battle Sports Science Battlesmart Impact Indicator Chin Cup at Hockey MonkeyThe hockey or football player in your family may be too tough for his or her own good, putting them at risk of serious injury from sports concussions.

Playing through pain and fatigue is part of the game, and the drive to persevere is one of those things which makes team sports so special.

But after a hard hit to the head, there are times when “playing through the fog” can be extremely dangerous.

Sports Concussions – hard to spot, easy to deny

Your child likely won’t even know if they have suffered a concussion.

Even though they know they took a hard hit, they may not want to let their teammates down.

There are any number of reasons why a youth hockey or football player may want to return to action right away, and even with the most dedicated trainers and coaches on hand, it’s simply impossible to proactively identify every player who should be checked for concussion symptoms before continuing.

But what if there were a way to put a spotlight on such children, so they don’t put themselves unnecessarily at risk?

That’s where the Battle Sports Science  and the Impact Indicator come in… [Read more...]

Can technology help hockey players deal with concussions?

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You can now buy the Battle Sports Science Impact Indicator at Total Hockey!

Interesting news comes this morning from the Montreal Gazette, in an article discussing a new product developed by Battle Sports Science, called the Impact Indicator. It acts as a warning signal for when players in contact sports such as hockey or football suffer a collision which has a decent chance of causing a concussion. [Read more...]

Is modern hockey equipment dangerous?

Scott Radley at the Hamilton Spectator picks up an argument which gets far too little press these days, given all the concern over concussions and other serious injuries at all levels of hockey: [Read more...]

With concussions on the rise, are hockey helmets as good as they can be?

In an article from the Des Moines Register, Mark Emmert raises an interesting question regarding hockey helmets and their ability to help prevent concussions. The context here regards a concussion suffered by a member of the Des Moines Bucaneers of the USHL:

The current helmets the Bucs wear, manufactured by CCM and patterned after the ones NHL players sport, have an inch of padding and more sophisticated jell packs that adhere to the contours of the head of the person wearing them.

“It just basically sticks to your head; it’s like another layer,” [defenseman Austin] Coldwell said.

But the hockey equipment hasn’t advanced quite as far as football helmets, [Dr. Ned] Amendola said. Those helmets actually have air pockets that allow for a tighter fit.

“The hockey players like to have loose-fitting helmets,” he said. “They like to be able to take them off quickly.”

I find two interesting issues here for hockey players – first, obviously, is whether there might be design improvements made to existing helmets to build off the experience from the world of football. But perhaps more importantly, there is a serious cultural issue among hockey players with regard to fit. Whether it’s a loose fit in order to remove the helmet at the start of a fight, or the loose chinstraps that remain all-too-popular, it seems like a disturbing proportion of players view their hockey helmet as a nuisance rather than the most critical piece of their protective equipment.

It doesn’t matter how much technology and innovation the equipment industry brings to helmets if players don’t use them properly. Education and culture are points where strong emphasis might pay off in immediate dividends.

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