What Is Heads Up, Don’t Duck?

In 1995, Dr. Alan Ashare started the Heads Up, Don’t Duck Program, a program to decrease the risk for paralyzing neck injuries in ice hockey. 

Meet Dr. Alan Ashare

Alan B. Ashare, M.D, a former football player and fencer from Columbia University, has served as a member of the Board of Directors of USA Hockey and as Chair of their Safety and Protective Equipment Committee since 1988.  Since 1997, he served as Team Physician for several USA Hockey National Teams.  Dr. Ashare did an internship at the USOC Training Facility in Colorado Springs in 1992.  He serves as the Chair of the ASTM Subcommittee on Medical Aspects and Biomechanics (F8.51) and as Vice-Chair of the ASTM Ice Hockey Subcommittee (F8.15).

He was recently elected to serve as Second Vice Chair of ASTM F8.  Dr. Ashare chairs the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Sports Medicine Committee and the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Student Health and Sports Medicine.

In 2010, he served as co-chair of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health Advisory Committee on Sports Head Injuries.  Dr. Ashare organized two international symposia for ASTM on the mechanism of concussion in sports in 2000 and 2012 with Mariusz Ziejewski.  He organized and co-edited the Third, Fourth, and Fifth ASTM Symposia on Safety in Ice Hockey in 1997, 2002 with David Pearsall, and 2008 with Richard Greenwald.

For his work in safety and injury prevention, Dr. Ashare received from USA Hockey the Excellence in Safety Award, the Walter Yaciuk Coaches Award, and the President’s Award, from the USOC the “Doc” Counsilman Science Award in Ice Hockey, and from ASTM the William F. Hulse Award.

Currently, Dr. Ashare is an Associate Professor of Radiology at the Tufts University School of Medicine and a staff physician at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston specializing in Nuclear Medicine.  Dr. Ashare serves as President of HECC, an independent volunteer organization for the purpose of selecting standards including test methods and other requirements for certifying protective playing equipment used in the sport of ice hockey.  He has served HECC since 1988.

Current Titles
Director Emeritus, USA Hockey
Chair, USA Hockey Safety and Protective Equipment Committee
Chair, Mass Medical Society Committee on Student Health and Sports Medicine
Chair, Mass Interscholastic Athletic Assn Committee on Sports Medicine
President, Hockey Equipment Certification Council (HECC)