There have been no shortage of serious injuries inside of professional and amateur hockey caused by skate blade laceration. The most vulnerable part of an athlete’s body is the posterior calve area; namely the clave muscle, lower leg and Achilles tendon. One high profile incident involved Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson whose Achilles was sliced 70% of the way through by another player’s skate.1
Serious injury caused by skate blade laceration in hockey are more common than one would think. A study from the Journal of Athletic Training found that lacerations were the most common injuries (27%), followed by contusions/abrasions (23.6%), fractures (17.3%), and sprains/strains (16.9%).2
To mitigate the risk of injury associated with skate blade laceration, Vital Nation has developed the revolutionary KPS600 cut-and-impact resistant hockey sock. The KPS600 incorporates a full strip of ballistics-grade Kevlar® with dense, impact-absorbing foam to achieve unrivalled protection. A study from the The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine found that Kevlar® reinforced socks provided much more cut resistance from skate blade impact and prevented Achilles tendon laceration when compared to standard synthetic hockey socks.3 The study recorded no injuries to the Achilles tendon when using protective Kevlar® reinforced socks, however all Achilles tendons tested using standard, non-protective socks were completely severed.3 See Figure 1 below.
Figure 1: A comparison of Kevlar® Hockey Socks to Regular Hockey Socks.3
- Deits, J., Yard, E. E., Collins, C. L., Fields, S. K., & Comstock, R. D. (2010). Patients with ice hockey injuries presenting to US emergency departments, 1990–2006.Journal of athletic training, 45(5), 467.
- Nauth, A., Aziz, M., Tsuji, M., Whelan, D. B., Theodoropoulos, J. S., & Zdero, R. (2014). The Protective Effect of Kevlar® Socks Against Hockey Skate Blade Injuries: A Biomechanical Study.Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, 2(2 suppl), 2325967114S00109.