COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO (May 27, 2020) – As together we make our way through the COVID-19 pandemic, USA Hockey has been asked if wearing a helmet with a full clear shield is better than a visor (half-shield) or cage. In addition, many are asking about players wearing a face mask to cover their mouth/nose while practicing or in games. Below is information that we hope is helpful.
HELMETS — FULL CLEAR SHIELD vs. HALF SHIELD OR CAGE
There is no scientific proof that a full clear shield on a hockey helmet provides better protection against infectious diseases compared to a visor (half-shield) or cage. That said, a full clear shield is likely better than a visor (half shield) or cage:
- Can act as a barrier in case someone in close proximity coughs or sneezes
- May be a deterrent to decrease touch of the face (vs. cages where players stick their fingers through the cage)
- Likely to prevent spitting on the ice/bench (should be enforced regardless)
It should be noted that a full clear shield will not prevent the inhalation of aerosolized droplets.
And it is important that regardless of what kind of mask a player wears that it be cleaned thoroughly after each use.