Hockey Boards 2.0
St George's School
Floor Location : J 151 N
Newton's Third Law states that a force is an interaction between objects and this law states that when one object exerts a force on a second object, the second object exerts an equal-and-opposite force on the first object. Thus, if a player crashes into the boards, the stationary boards exert an equal and opposite force onto the player. My hypothesis is that if the boards were not stationary, would an equal-and-opposite force still be exerted upon the player? I created a new design for hockey boards which does not exert a force on the player, it actually absorbs the force of the second object. I tested my new boards and compared them to traditional boards, and found that there is a significant difference in the damage caused by the impact between an object and traditional boards versus my new boards. This success in practice trials is very promising because I believe that my new boards can help reduce the injuries suffered by hockey players when they crash into the boards during games or practices.
This would have an immense impact on athletes throughout the world. Hockey careers would no longer end prematurely due to debilitating concussions. Countless players would not face a lifetime in a wheelchair after suffering a neck injury that causes paralysis. Not only would this make the game of hockey safer for players, it would also save the medical services countless amounts of money as players would not require longer-term rehabilitation after suffering an injury. All these benefits could be achieved, and the new boards would not slow down the speed of the game or change the way hockey is played.