Monday, October 7, 2013

Knee (plural knees or kneen) deep questions

It is a tremendous advantage to try to promote Floorball in America - since so many know so little that the risk for to run into arguments is very very slim. So even if we ventilate, not just only food for thoughts here, and sometimes almost weird opinions... well many does not oppose very much about what we say.
As you understand here is another one of our more "questionable" posts coming up.

A week ago or so we had one close friend that however bursted out verbally on us with what She (or He) thought was wrong about Floorball. Cool subject huh?
It was said something like; "that goalie position is sick, sitting on his knees and no, that can not be good for the knee joints".
How we answered? Oh, hold on... This was said by a medical professional and yes with both education and a long career in the field of body mechanics and occupational therapy. Then yes we have also played Floorball goalie ourselves - with beaten up knee cups. And yes... we did talk to a former Floorball goalie that confessed that he had to give it up - due to his bad knees...
No, we do not have any further knowledge if the knee standing among Floorball goalies is good or bad from the more ergonomic side of things... But we know that most humans in most cultures tend to be standing on their feet most of the time.
So, to be honest - we never answered that itchy question.

But we have been thinking and we come up with an intriguing thought.
Maybe it is not the goalie position that is bad - maybe the full or larger problem rests with the nets?
Why are the goals designed like they are - and why are they not designed to have the goalie defending his or hers net standing up?
Just think about this - take the nets - it could in essence be the same net already used. Put them on top of a soapbox. A soapbox made out of a construction that are similar to the boards/rinks being used. That means the nets would be standing on a platform - 50 centimeters (almost 2 ft) high. This platform would be integrated with the nets with rounded corners and no hard edges to get hurt on. Nets sitting 50 cm high over the floor would force all goalies to work defending their goals - standing.

We wonder if someone ever tried something like this?
Maybe this would not be Floorball anymore? Maybe we just invented a new sport? Irrespective of this - if the knee standing goalie position creates ergonomic problems... maybe this would be a thing to evaluate?

Or maybe the best solution is to just get better knee pads?
What do you think?

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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!