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Orange is the new track: Preventing hockey injuries with a dash of paint

from By Denise A. Valenti

The Look-Up Line, a 40-inch-wide neon orange stripe surrounding the playing ice perimeter in hockey was the inspiration of Thomas E. Smith. His hope is that it gives a brief visual warning to hockey players as they slide into the boards during play, much like the warning track in baseball. Smith hopes this allows for the millisecond visual alarm that will enable a player to better position his head and shoulders from slamming into the boards, thus potentially prevent a disabling or life-threatening head or spinal injury. more


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