The Rochester Ice Hawks have a continuing partnership with Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in the realm of concussion research.
From December 2013 to February 2014, Mayo Clinic Ice Hockey research team members have been comparing Minnesota youth hockey tournaments played in Rochester to tournaments played in Woodbury. We have had a presence at Peewee A&B, Bantam A&B and U14 A&B in both locations. Teams in Rochester competed in tournaments that were governed by intensified Fair Play rules, while those in Woodbury were governed by regular tournament rules.
The outcome variables of interest include the injuries that occurred, such as medically diagnosed concussions, penalty minutes, types of penalties, Fair Play points earned, and individual exposure time (IET).
Maybe you have heard about or seen the Look Up Line and wondered what the orange ice strip is all about? This creative idea was initiated by a hockey player, Thomas Smith, after he sustained two spine injuries, the second of which resulted in partial paralysis.