For all the potential dangers of football, ice hockey also has worrisome concussion rates, particularly for women players. And according to a new study by Virginia Tech's influential helmet-testing department, the helmets that hockey players strap on before they hit the ice leave much to be desired when it comes to player safety.
The researchers, who used a five-star system to grade the helmets, found none safe enough to receive four or five stars, and only one worthy of three stars. Six received two stars, 16 received one star and nine received no stars. (Researchers suggest no one use a helmet that receives zero stars.)