The Effect of Knowledge of Concussion and Aggression on Head Impact Biomechanics in Youth Male and Female Ice Hockey Players Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
  • Pierce, Alice Frances
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of safe play knowledge and level of aggression on head impact biomechanics across ice hockey players. Forty-one youth ice hockey players, 29 males and 12 females, participated in this study. The Safe Play Questionnaire (SPQ) and the Competitive Aggressiveness and Anger Scale (CAAS) were administered at the mid-point of the season. Aggressive penalty minutes were recorded throughout the season. Helmets were equipped with accelerometer systems to measure head impact biomechanics during practices and games. Impacts were compared to grouped results of the SPQ, CAAS, and aggressive penalty minutes across sexes. Less aggressive players sustained significantly less severe rotational head impacts in practice compared to games and compared to players with high aggression. Female and male hockey players do not differ in levels of knowledge of safe play or aggression. Players with low aggression sustain less severe head impacts during practice.
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  • Guskiewicz, Kevin M.
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2013

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