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The following table of PPE protection for Field Hockey Goalkeepers has been taken from the Cambridge Standard for hockey product testing Issue1 dated 03/09/1995. In every case to pick a PPE level higher than your anticipated level is quite acceptable though should be unnecessary, however it is strongly recommended not to use equipment of a lower level PPE marking in higher level games since this may lead to substandard protection in that environment.
Level 5 For use in the highest level of competition
Level 4 Senior School, University and Adult Club games
Level 3 Senior School use by players who have not reached full strength
Level 2 Junior school hockey by pre-adolescent players
Level 1 For use in Mini hockey with a lighter than usual ball
Hazards Protected Against: Protection of bone breakage and shin lacerations caused by impact by a hockey ball or a stick during normal play conditions. Substantial reduction of bruising by impact made by ball or stick during normal play. Substantial reduction of abrasion injuries caused when the goalkeeper slides along playing surface.
Hazards Not Protected Against: Specifically as it is forseen that injury can NOT totally be avoided when players bodies collide, when the goalkeeper collides with pieces of playing equipment such as goalposts or involving twists or bending either in a collision or in an execution of a save.