Hockey is one of the most popular sports for Canadian children and adults. Ice hockey is a sport in which there is an inherit risk of injury and an increasing concern around the risk of hockey-related concussions. CSA Z262.1 - Ice hockey helmets was developed with the intention to reduce the risk of injury to the players head without compromising the form or appeal of the game.
CSA Z262.1 specifies requirements for construction, shock absorption, penetration, retention systems, field of vision and marking and information. Helmets covered by CSA Z262.1 are intended to be used by players, goalkeepers and may also be used by referees and coaches.
Severe head, brain, or spinal injuries, including paralysis or death, can occur in spite of using a helmet certified to CSA Z262.1.
Highlights of Z262.1
- Specifies performance requirements and test methods for helmets marketed, sold, and intended for ice hockey
- These helmets may also be used for lacrosse and ringette
- Helmets identified in Z262.1 may also be used for lacrosse and ringette
This is the fifth edition of CSA Z262.1, Ice hockey helmets. It supersedes the previous editions published in 1990, 1983, 1975, and 1973.
This Standard specifies performance requirements and test methods for helmets marketed, sold, and intended for ice hockey. Such helmets may also be used for lacrosse and ringette.
(1) The intent of this Standard is to reduce the risk of injury to the head without compromising the form or appeal of the game. This reduction of risk is based on the use of the face protector
(a) as intended within the rules of the game; and
(b) in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
(2) Ice hockey is a sport in which there is a risk of injury. Helmets meeting the requirements of this Standard afford no protection from neck or spinal injuries. Severe head, brain, or spinal injuries, including paralysis or death, can occur in spite of using a helmet certified to this Standard.
This Standard specifies requirements for
(b) shock absorption;
(d) retention systems;
(e) field of vision; and
(f) marking and information.
Helmets covered by this Standard are intended to be used by
(b) goalkeepers; and
(c) certain functionaries (e.g., referees, coaches).
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