Grad Student Zack Goodman Researches Heart Rates in Ice Hockey
You've read in Athletic Business reports of impact-sensing technology affixed to the interiors of football helmets, but you likely haven't heard of heart rate monitoring equipment tucked inside hockey pants. Zack Goodman, a 23-year-old graduate student at the University of Toronto, is going where no researchers have gone before in an attempt to gather heart rate and blood pressure data from a dozen or so men ages 40 to 60 as they compete in pickup hockey games. Goodman then compares that data to the results of maximum heart rate baseline tests performed on stationary bikes in a lab. He contends that hockey is an atypical sport in that its players regularly sit on the bench for minutes at a time between brief but intensely cardiovascular turns on the ice. Paul Steinbach asked Goodman, the son of a UT faculty member who steered him toward this master's in exercise science thesis, to take the pulse of his efforts so far.
Q: You've only begun to wire players with heart rate leads and blood pressure cuffs, but what do you hope to accomplish in the coming months?
Q: Aren't there recovery periods associated with most exercise?
Q: Are middle-aged men who play pickup hockey pushing themselves to the max?
Q: Is there anything players can do between shifts to mitigate the dangers?
Q: Why is your research important?
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