Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Communication and Media Studies
Dennis Gilbert, MFA
Daniel Panici, PhD
Rebecca Nisetich, PhD
concussion rates, contact sports, body contact alternatives, body checking, women's ice hockey
Women’s college ice hockey, according to a study released by the NCAA in 2014, has the highest rate of self-reported concussions of any collegiate sport, men’s or women’s. This is shocking, considering the fact that body checking is illegal in women's ice hockey. Why are these rates so high when there isn't body checking? This investigative research project aims to realize a novel approach at reducing concussion rates in women’s ice hockey by doing the unexpected: Allowing body checking. If body checking were allowed, this would reduce the rate of concussions if it were to be implemented and taught under proper standards and techniques. With the increasing concern for concussions in high school hockey, and the current rules and precautions in place, there is focus on girls’ high school ice hockey in Maine. Maine is the optimal place to introduce body checking into girls’ ice hockey. Researching this topic goes into uncharted depths in the body checking debate, as there is very little information that supports my these ideas, and lots of information that immediately refutes them. The research being pursued will hopefully support the notion to allow body checking in girls’ high school ice hockey, as opposed to continually disallowing it. Research participants are athletic trainers, coaches, athletic directors, and referees around the state of Maine who have worked with high school ice hockey players. This research project serves as a foundation for future research and implementation of body checking in women's ice hockey, and contains several analyses pertaining to my research within the topic.
Germond, Griffin, "Checking In, Concussions Out: Body checking as a way of reducing concussion rates" (2019). All Theses & Dissertations. 375.