Posted on by Barry Pless It is widely agreed that protective gear is a key to secondary prevention i. Such measures are especially common in sports. Thus, professional players in most contact sports now use helmets in part because they are required to do so.
They did not protect the actual head of the batter but rather protected the ear and temple region. After Mickey Cochranea Hall of Fame catcher for the Detroit Tigerssuffered a career-ending and near-fatal skull fracture on May 25, on a pitch by New York Yankees ' pitcher Bump Hadleythere was a strong call for batter helmets.
Managers of both teams decided to use batting practice as a test run for helmet use on their players, before a game between the two teams. Though there is picture evidence  of the polo helmets being worn in batting practice, there is no evidence of their being used or worn in a game.
The first professional baseball league to fully adopt the baseball helmet was the International Leaguewhich did so in when the list of official equipment used began to include a "safety cap or helmet". Buster Mills was the first player in the league to use a helmet.
The helmet's design is similar to earmuffs and fits over the baseball cap. Ford Frickpresident of the National League, showed the helmet he designed with the hopes that the league would adopt it.
Though the National League at this meeting did not adopt it, Jackie Hayes became the first player to wear the helmet in a game on August 22, On April 26, the Washington Senators joined the Dodgers as the only two teams to fully adopt the batting helmet for regular season use.
The New York Giants on June 6 and the Chicago Cubs on June 24 also joined the list of teams to fully adopt the use of protective helmets during games. Soon after, the Ottawa Citizen wrote that "Major League clubs are becoming quite interested in a new type of plastic protective cap which has been put on the market recently.
He was wearing a helmet and, though he was taken off the field on a stretcher, he was uninjured as his helmet took the brunt of the impact and was visibly dented.
In the National League followed suit and required the use of batting helmets by all players on all teams.
After Little League Baseball announced a better helmet for the use of all players, the American League passed the rule, on March 1, which required all players to wear helmets. Veteran players, however, were given the option of choosing to wear a helmet or not, as they were grandfathered into the rule.
The last Major League player who did not wear a helmet while batting was Bob Montgomerywho last played for the Boston Red Sox in  Incidentally, the same year the NHL finally made helmets compulsory with a similar grandfather clause for veteran players.
Modifications — [ edit ] Larry Bowa wears the flapless helmet formerly used by players but still used by some catchers and now used by coaches. One month later, Jimmy Piersall became the second player to wear the helmet in the Major Leagues.
With the helmet being worn league wide in Major League Baseball, alterations began in On July 23,catcher Earl Battey was hit in the face with a pitch, fracturing a bone, and 10 days later returned to the field with a makeshift earflap to protect the injured area, though he only wore it for one game because he complained of difficulty seeing while wearing it.
Prior to this, earflaps had been improvised.Cochrane himself went on record saying that players should "absolutely" be required to wear protective helmets.
 Only one week after Cochrane's injury, on June 1, , the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Athletics became the first teams to test .
We recently launched a section on our website that highlights NHL players and the gear they use. Check it out here. Honestly, it was really hard trying to put these lines together as we had to pass up a lot of superstars.
Hockey players wear a helmet to protect their head. No matter what level you play at, maintaining your health and safety must be a top priority. Wearing the proper protective hockey gear is essential in preventing or lessening the .
Players wear tinted visors, clear visors, hip towels, gloves, head bands around their neck, neck rolls, and arm sleeves to look cool too. This is like the TD celeration argument all over again. The Three Reasons Why the NHL Should Force Their Players to Wear Protective Gear PAGES 4.
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- Jenna Kraig, student @ UCLA. I was asked this week why NHL players don’t have to wear face masks. Should the wearing of protective gear be subject to bargaining? and the employer is in trouble if it doesn’t order the employee to wear them. So the argument that players “can see better” without a mask shouldn’t fly from a legal perspective.
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