The Ice Hockey Injury
A Case Study in Physiology
Department of Biology
The high school ice hockey team is playing the last of three games in one day. The game gets rough and Rick, the star player, is slammed against the boards. Injured, he has to be escorted from the ice. This interrupted case study follows Ricks health as it deteriorates over the next few hours. Students are presented with Rick’s symptoms and use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to diagnose the problem. The case was developed for a one-semester animal physiology course taken mostly by sophomore and junior biology or general science majors. It could also be used in a freshman general biology course, anatomy and physiology course, or human physiology course for non-science majors.
- To understand the function of the pleural cavity during breathing.
- To appreciate that each lung has its own pleural cavity.
- To understand the effects of hemorrhaging on blood pressure and orientation.
- To use deductive reasoning to determine a physiological problem.
KeywordsPleural cavity; hemothorax; hemorrhaging; sports injury; ice hockey
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Subject HeadingsAnatomy Physiology Sports Science
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