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NOTE! Overdrive does not fit the new Bauer skates without the cowling - yet. I'm working on some changes and hope to have something soon.


Widening out is dangerous because our legs are built to swing forward and back. Moving against this natural motion creates repetitive stress points. For goaltenders, widening out is destructive to the knees, groin, hips, and back because the moves are done explosively, repetitively, tens of thousands of times a year. While offering better mobility, Overdrive allows you to control your widening out, to reduce it, and often not even to use it by keeping you on your feet.
Below is a GIF of Jonathan Quick's injury, Oct. 13/16. I've added a new page called Injuries2 with clips of other goalie injuries.

You can clearly see how his right leg booted out as he tried to push off, and this is what caused the injury. This would never have happened with Overdrive. Now LA has serious goalie problems, their season is a big question mark, and a multi-million dollar goalie, the most exciting goalie in the game, is gone. He's had back surgery and groin problems, so this is definitely going to knock his game down a notch, permanently. Goalie injuries are usually the result of a build-up of strains and repetitive stress that ends with a seemingly innocuous move. The boot-out isn't that bad: not a lot of weight is on his right leg as it slides out because he is on his knees and the left knee is taking most of his weight, but it's the end of a long process with most of the damage happened earlier. Overdrive prevents the cumulative wear and tear that leads to injuries like this.

Update, spring/17- Quick came back and looked good, but it was too late, which was too bad for the Kings, because it cost them their season. Other teams are happy the Kings didn't make it to the playoffs, because they would become a very punishing team to play against. Beating the Kings in the playoffs meant you barely survived. Jonathan Quick is the heart of that team, and despite a great effort by Budaj, the Kings couldn't survive without him.

Update, winter/18- Quick couldn't attend the All-Star game because of a nagging lower-body injury, which is very likely related to this one. Generally, injuries are forever, and it's too bad he doesn't have OV, because it would protect that groin and allow it to heal.

About the VH, Bauer 1, Bauer Vertexx, etc.

I'm hearing a lot that these skates remove the need for Overdrive. Not true. They improve mobility either by cutting out the cowling around the big toe or by removing it altogether, thereby giving you a lower 'angle of attack'. If you're unsure about this, I covered it on the 'About the Skates' page, the 'Bauer Vertexx' page, and everywhere else on the site because that is how I invented Overdrive, by identifying the toe area as an impediment to movement. With a full cowling, you get an angle of attack down to 45 degrees, with a cutout cowling or no cowling, maybe down to 35 degrees, with Overdrive, down to 20 degrees. There's no changing these numbers because of the shape of the foot.
While the new skates do improve mobility, you can see it on TV in the way goalies are moving, I'm not so sure they improve safety, because as you can also see on TV, goalies are going down with hip and groin injuries as much as ever. Philadelphia, in the middle of a playoff race, lost both goalies in a week. Calgary lost Mike Smith that week also, likely killing their playoff hopes. I think there's a good reason for this and will write about it on the new 'injuries 2' page.

About legality.
Nothing new here, but Overdrive is not ever going away, at least not until the shape of the foot changes and goalies stop moving laterally. Why? Because when a goalie moves laterally, the ball of the foot is driven into the ice. This will never change.

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