Spring-loaded skates that give hockey players a boost
By Bjorn CareyPosted 06.07.2012 at 11:00 am 0 Comments
David Blois manages condominium properties near Toronto, but at any given time he's usually also working on several inventions—a solar-powered smoke detector, say, or an age-spot-erasing skin cream. In 1998 he was ice skating at his local rink when an idea popped into his head: a hockey skate that used springs to harness a skater's kinetic energy. "It's really hard to invent something new," Blois says. "As I researched patents, I got more excited. No one had ever tried this before."
An investigative report, dramatically titled "Danger in the Air," by the ESPN news program E:60 suggests that exhaust from ice resurfacing machines is putting skaters around the country at serious risk. The report faults improper ventilation or unmaintained resurfacing machines, which often run on propane or natural gas, for the hazards to skaters.
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Every four years, we watch. We marvel at badminton and wonder about the modern decathlon. With more than 300 gold medals awarded across 37 disciplines, our lives are suddenly much less productive. To aid in your immersion, we continue with our daily edition of "know your Olympic sport," by introducing the next David Beckham explaining why field hockey players are always wet.
After years of researching blows to adult heads, scientists divert their energies to the peewee set
By Brett ZardaPosted 07.09.2008 at 10:56 am 4 Comments
With grownups from the NFL to the DOD paranoid about concussions, it’s about time the research community asked, “What about kids?” Research published this month in the Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology offers a unique look into how hard kids are getting hit in hockey. The findings suggest players are suffering the biggest blows to the tops of their heads.
Perhaps among the most important pieces of male athletic gear, the protective cup hasn't changed much over the years. Inspired by a recent NHL hockey incident, The Score seeks to find out why
By Brett ZardaPosted 04.22.2008 at 1:33 pm 7 Comments
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When it comes to sports, Patrick Thorensen nearly redefined the term sacrifice. In successfully sliding across the ice to block a shot in a recent playoff game, the left wing for the Philadelphia Flyers came close to losing a testicle. Adding insult to the near ultimate injury, the Washington Capitals scored on a rebound while Thorensen rolled in agony (and grown men cried themselves to sleep). The 24-year old was rushed to the hospital and underwent two ultrasound tests to ensure there was no rupture.
So, while Thorensen has a dented cup to thank for his manhood, it begs the question: what more can science do to protect our cajones? A quick Google of ‘protective cups provides a range of sizes and colors available from $8 to $25, none differing greatly from the cups our fathers (and fathers' fathers?) have donned for years. With a tank of gas at $50, isnt the male population willing to splurge a bit on reproductive life insurance?
NHL players have 90 sticks to choose from. Here's why 40 percent of them choose this one.
By Jenny EverettPosted 10.24.2002 at 1:55 pm 0 Comments
So how many layers of carbon fiber make up the shaft?" I ask Ned Goldsmith, vice president of Easton's hockey division. Uncomfortable silence is followed by whispering and then, finally, "We can't tell you that." Geez, is this hockey stick a matter of national security or what?