Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Would this Baseball trick work in Floorball too?


image linked to via http://www.biz2bizonline.com/sports/baseball/catcher_knee_supports.htm

What the picture show is what is called a knee saver in Baseball. It is in essence a little pillow on back of the lower legs that helps the catcher in Baseball sit or crouch down.

In Floorball it is true that very much goal keeping do put a strain on the knees with a position standing at the knees most of the time.
So would this work in Floorball too? Well first of all the catcher and the goalie positions are fundamentally different, and secondly that extra pillow system on the back on a Floorball goalie's legs would probably by the rules be seen as fully illegal - or at least as unfair competition, in Floorball. 
So on the side against this idea - the answer is NO.

But, let us say that these pillows, designed to be knee savers, indeed would limit the load on a Floorball goalies knees and... you know what, from just an ergonomic perspective this might be a darn good solution. And perhaps with these pillows in place - a new Goalie style for Floorball could be developed with less knee standing and the goalie would be even more flexible..? So here we have arguments that point in the yes direction.

Well, if that is true - then - maybe someone should test this and tell us if it works or not... It would not surprise us if this on the other hand already have been done, so now u, tell us more...
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Caution

Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!