Thursday, September 12, 2013

Whatever happened to one-piece sticks?

Last year, or so, much commotion about one-piece floorball sticks became the hype after Oxdog released this world sensation. Yes we here at Floorballcentral believed in it too. Then both Salming and Unihoc was quick to show their own prototypes too.

Then, well nothing - maybe some debates - and the testing institute said they had to investigate the matter further.
The final conclusion came this spring. And it was said - that the blades of one-piece sticks did leave marks on floors and broke in early tests.
It has later on been decided by the IFF that the blade must consist to a certain degree of  thermoplastics and a new specific material definitions has been adopted for floorball blades. So if we understand the matter right the idea of a one piece floorball stick is dead and the most closest one may come to this concept today - is for instance the hybrid sticks from Oxdog...
It is our understanding that a few one-piece sticks are still in use by some players - as on an exemption from the IFF. This will however expire in the future and Oxdog is said to have closed down their one-piece developments.

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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!