USA Hockey continues to recommend a neck laceration protector for all players. The heightened discussions around lacerations from a skate blade reinforce the recommendation that players wear a neck laceration protector that covers as much of the neck as possible along with cut-resistant socks, sleeves or undergarments. USA Hockey, led by its safety and protective equipment committee, will work with equipment companies and maintain efforts to ensure the safest possible environment for all participants.
USA Hockey is very concerned about neck lacerations and the potential catastrophic involvement of arteries, veins and nerves.
There is sparse data on neck laceration prevalence, severity and neck laceration protector (neck guard) effectiveness.
Highlights of research on Neck Laceration Protectors:
USA Hockey recommends that all players wear a neck laceration protector, choosing a design that covers as much of the neck area as possible. Further research & improved standards testing will better determine the effectiveness of neck laceration protectors.