Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Interesting research on Floorball


photo via flickr IFF
Research done by Tervo and Nordstrom, and an article on this posted at hockeyhebdo by Dr. Kluger http://www.hockeyhebdo.com/article-la-traumatologie-musculo-squelettique-du-floorball,6360.html is here in french.

OK, that is the formal source information.

English source research in english too?
http://www.dovepress.com/science-of-floorball-a-systematic-review-peer-reviewed-article-OAJSM

What we find interesting is the conclusions, results or rather the indications of some knowledge related to Floorball and musculoskeletal medical issues as described at hockeyhebdo by Kluger.

Three main things are highlighted:
- Preventive training is helpful
- It seems like the number of injuries are higher on synthetic sport floors
- Higher shoes/sneakers might prevent some injuries

Our own comments goes as follow:
A) Preventive training must be a thing for coaches and further coaching education?

B) Maybe the producers of synthetic sports flooring should take a closer look at this - since from their perspective - they most likely want to provide their markets with the safest possible floors?

C) Not many Floorball players use higher shoes, and most specially designed Floorball shoes are rather low over the ankle - so this sounds like a great opportunity for producers of more basketball like shoes - to get an inroad onto this market? If the findings reported hold for both real significance and truth.

Dr Kluger say that next time he will post on eye related injuries.
We find this very interesting.

We further say - in our own opinion - all kids playing Floorball should use protective eye wear. Even if the IFF has not mandated this yet - we however think they should - and we do recommend this as strong as we can - Please kids - use protective eye wear.
If you can not afford the more expensive specialty Floorball solutions available. We say at least try, some sort of air gun shooting protective wear or other protective glasses - and use most preferably ANSI certified solutions - here in the USA. The big trick is to find a size that fits a kids face so they stay. And you need glass that is shatter proof and designed to take a beating.
Yes, if you look online at a retail store like amazon.com you can find some very cost efficient models too.
BUT:
We say first, You go with real Floorball designated eyewear for kids - if that does not exist - only then you should go for more cost efficient alternatives. Make certain they are ANSI certified - and never kids - never - think you may play Floorball without good eye wear as long as you are under the age of 16.

We say this for your sake - and for Floorballs sake - as well for the sake of the player that might hit you in the eye.
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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!