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Concussion prevention was at the forefront of this year’s Vulcan Ice Hockey Club with the revelation of a new volunteer program offered to club members. 2nd Skull, a Pittsburgh company, approached the team with a new technology that it says can help add up to 30% additional protection against concussions than hockey helmets alone.
The company approached the club with an opportunity to use this equipment, a skull cap that goes under the helmet, at no cost in exchange for feedback on comfort in the design. 2nd Skull is completely voluntary and would be worn at the discretion of the individual players.
The hockey club is also taking other measures to ensure safety on the ice with testing and
“We will be educating them on what a concussion is and that there is not a difference between a concussion and getting your bell rung,” Casey Hamilton, the teams athletic trainer, said.
All rookie teammates have mandated concussion baseline screenings and veteran players have them every two to three years. According to Ms. Hamilton these baselines can be used as a comparison in the event of any on ice incidents.
The CHA Men’s team is scheduled to begin their season on September 27th on the road, while the CHE Men’s team will begin the season the next day in their home opener.