CBC MARKETPLACE: HEALTH » HOCKEY
Hockey helmet test results
Broadcast: January 11, 2000 | Producer:
Richard Wright; Researcher: James Dunne
method involved a limited sample size and a random way of
selecting the helmets.
Marketplace got an old-timers
team to give up some of their helmets. We collected helmets
from young players too. And we also purchased some second-hand
helmets and some brand new helmets right off the shelf.
Marketplace took the helmets
to a leading expert on helmet safety at the Southern Impact
Research Centre in Knoxville Tennessee.
We wanted two tests. First, we wanted
to know how the Canadian hockey helmet standard measures up
to standards for other sports helmets. And second, we wanted
to know how helmet safety is affected by the repeated use
of the helmet and by the passage of time.
While the helmets were tested using accepted
protocols, the results can't be considered statististically
significant; that is, they don't suggest that one particular
helmet is superior to another. We are reporting the results
to tell you what we learned, not how to shop.
FIELD LACROSSE STANDARD
The two used helmet that passed the Lacrosse
Standard test were nearly-new CCM helmets we collected from
children. Their age and the light treatment these helmets
received in kids' minor hockey could explain their superior
performance in the tests (we can't tell you whether your kids'
helmet would have passed - even if it was the same model).
Even so, the results do suggest that
it's possible to make a practical hockey helmet that attains
the higher safety standard.
One new CCM helmet failed, and two new Bauer helmets failed.
CSA STANDARD (USED HELMETS ONLY)
used (5 total)
Of the five used helmets which failed the CSA test, two
were made by CCM, two were made by Bauer/Cooper/Nike, and
one was made by Itech. These numbers roughly represent these
companies' market share.
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