Due to the death of the hockey player, new safety rules have been introduced in England

Hockey news 15 nov 2023, 13:48
Due to the death of the hockey player, new safety rules have been introduced in England Due to the death of the hockey player, new safety rules have been introduced in England

The English Ice Hockey Association (EIHA) has introduced new safety regulations for hockey players following the death of Adam Johnson, as announced on the organization's official website.

The EIHA strongly recommends that players at all levels of English hockey use neck guards/protectors during all on-ice activities. This "strong recommendation" is in effect until December 31, 2023, after which it will become a mandatory requirement.

The recommendation is not immediately enforceable due to anticipated supply issues. It will be under constant review until the mandatory implementation. All protective equipment must be used unaltered and in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.

Additionally, over the next 12 months, the EIHA will conduct a thorough review of equipment, including helmets, cups/jockstraps, and facial protection, and will verify compliance with the rules of the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Furthermore, there is a long-term perspective. The EIHA will provide its members with clear guidelines for ongoing and continuous player safety improvement. This will include a requirement for all clubs to demonstrate active efforts in enhancing player safety.

"The death of any player during sports practice is unacceptable. Our duty is not only to prevent the recurrence of such tragic incidents but also to prevent other incidents in the future," stated the EIHA in their statement.

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