protect the tender neck area as well as the upper part of the chest against
the very unlikely event of getting kicked with a skate blade. They have
been required for short track speed skating in Canada for serval years,
and at international competitions and in the United States since 1996.
picture from the Helmet page is a good illustration of the neckguard in
place. The skaters have quickly become used to wearing them.
is more than one kind of neck guard available. Note that the required neck
guard must be of the "bib type", the bib part giving protection to the
upper chest area.
picture shows one of each kind of neck guard. The one on the left is the
one legal for short track speed skating, the one on the right does not
have the "bib", and so is not allowed.
skaters were not very interested in wearing the neck guards, saying they
were uncomfortable and distracting...
(below) tries out the new neck guards. "I don't know what the complaining
is about", he says. "Mine fits pretty good. The only distracting thing
about it is the little tag that hangs down in front. But I can easily cut
shows us the two different kinds of neck guard. The black one is not
for short track speed skating (no "bib"). She also shows us what a skater
looks like without a neck guard on (the blue
one is hers).
shows us the proper neck guard on, only the bib part must be tucked in,
his is not. He had it out for illustration purposes.
we are showing off our neck guards or our teeth!
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