USA Hockey has always taken pride in teaching the fundamentals of hockey to boys and girls from all over the nation.  With the rise in concern regarding head and spinal injuries, USA Hockey has teamed up with US Olympians, Jenny Potter and Ryan Suter to release the following video to aid coaches and players to skate with their heads up and keep aware of their surroundings. 

The press release from USA Hockey:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012



USA Launches New Heads Up, Don't Duck Video
Featuring Jenny Potter, Ryan Suter


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today unveiled a new Heads Up, Don’t Duck instructional video featuring Olympians Jenny Potter and Ryan Suter.

The Heads Up, Don’t Duck safety initiative dates back to 1996 and is aimed at reducing spinal cord and other debilitating injuries.

“Dr. Ashare, the current chair of our safety and protective committee, helped launch this important program nearly two decades ago,” said Dr. Michael Stuart, chief medical officer of USA Hockey. “The basic premise of the program has not changed, however, we created this updated video piece to ensure that every player and coach understands the importance of keeping your head up.”

“We’ve been out in front on safety issues over the course of our history,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “Heads Up, Don’t Duck has long been one of our signature safety programs and is part of our broad SafeSport program that addresses both on and off-ice safety of our participants.”

Click here to view the new Heads Up, Don’t Duck instructional video.