The effect of visors on head and facial injury in National Hockey League players

S. T. Stevens, M. Lassonde, L. de Beaumont, J. P. Keenan

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There has been an increase in the number of concussions sustained by players in the National Hockey League (NHL). While wearing a helmet is now required by the NHL, the face visor remains optional. It is unknown to what degree face visors influence concussion, other head injury and eye-injury rates at the professional level. Data from the 2001-2002 NHL season were examined. It was found that wearing a face visor did not significantly influence the prevalence of concussion. Visor protection did, however, minimise eye-injuries and other, non-concussion head injuries. These data suggest that, while a visor may prevent some head and eye-injuries, other measures may be necessary to reduce the number of concussions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-242
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Concussions
  • Face visor
  • Head injuries
  • Ice hockey
  • National Hockey League (NHL)
  • Visor


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