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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type





School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

David Bacharach

Second Advisor

William Picconatto

Third Advisor

William Hudson

Keywords and Subject Headings

Athletic Training, Ice Hockey Concussions


The purpose of this study was to gather and analyze data regarding Men's and Women's Division I ice hockey injuries, what caused these injuries, how often they occurred, what position player was more prone to injury,and how much time, if any, was lost from participation due to injury. Data were collected with the intention to help athletic departments plan for a sufficient medical staff, inform coaches and players of the injuries most common to the sport of ice hockey, and plan an injury prevention program for athletes.

Participants of this study (N=85) were members of both St. Cloud State University's Division I men's (n=22) and women's ice hockey teams as well as members of the University of New Hampshire and University of Minnesota's Division I women's ice hockey teams (n=63).

A total of 135 injuries were reported. The women experienced 1.25 injuries per player, nearly half of the men's 2.6 injuries per player. Seventy-four injuries were a result of collisions with the men reporting 31 (1.47 inj/player) injuries compared to the women reporting 43 (.67 inj/player) injuries. There was not a significant difference between genders when comparing soft tissue and head/neck injuries. The women however did suffer more bone and joint injuries when compared to the men. Male forwards (offense) suffered far more injuries than their female counterparts. No difference was noted among defenders of either gender.

Based on these data, it can be concluded that female Division I ice hockey players are predisposed to the same injuries that their male counterparts suffer. Sports medicine staffs should plan to provide medical coverage for women's and men's Division I ice hockey teams equally because the women have similar injury numbers, injury types and injury occurrences when compared to men.



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