Design of a Load Absorption Device for Ice Hockey Shoulder PadsPublic
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In contact sports, especially hockey, players experience upper extremity injuries from collisions during play. The loads associated with these collisions can tear the ligaments that stabilize the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, causing shoulder separation. Current technology uses a combination of foams and plastics as a barrier between the load and the AC joint. Using axiomatic design, the team designed a device integrated into a shoulder pad to dissipate injurious loads to areas around the AC joint. Although the team observed the effectiveness of the device through validation testing, additional testing to understand how the loads are dissipated throughout the device and around the shoulder is recommended.
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