Injury prevention

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The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of ice hockey helmet facial protection on measures of peak linear acceleration at different helmet locations during horizontal dynamic impacts. A repeated measures factorial ANOVA revealed a two-way interaction effect between type of facial shielding protection and helmet impact location on measures of peak linear acceleration, F (1.53, 26.05) = 18.60, p < .001, h2 = .52. This finding indicates that the type of facial shielding protection can help mitigate linear impact accelerations at different helmet locations and consequently, minimize the risk of head injury. This outcome may have implications for athletes, coaches, and researchers to better understanding helmet performance in brain injury prevention for the sport of ice hockey.