Protective Headgear for Curlers Proves Popular
By Doug Flowers, President
Talk to a manager or anyone who has spent time around a curling club and they will have a story, or more likely stories, about falls on the ice. Without fail falls onto the back of the head are seen to be the most serious. Though such incidents happen in every club, there is no record maintained and the issue of head injuries in curling is not captured on any sports injury radar.
Five years ago Goldline introduced a "Sport Band" which provided the protection required in the event of a fall onto the back of the head, however it was "dorky" looking and not adopted by the average curler. Doug Flowers, the project manager at Goldline, states, "While we recognised the need for protective headwear for curlers, we also recognised that design was a key to acceptance. If a critical mass of curlers was going to wear it, it had to be cosmetically attractive."
The final product, four years in development, incorporates a protective shield into a conventionally styled hat. The protective component was designed and tested with the input of Biokinetics, an Ottawa based company world renowned for the testing of protective products that protect the head The hat itself is available in five styles - baseball, visor, headband, toque and poor boy - and a variety of colours and sizes. Unless you look closely, one would not know this conventional, stylish hat incorporates a protective element.