Serious neck cuts CAN be avoided by wearing a neck guard, and the proof is in this picture. This is a photo of my son's neck after a clean 18U midget game this weekend. Another player flipped over, feet in the air, and the skate blade went across my son's throat. I know some of the older kids don't like wearing them, and you may get sick of nagging them....keep nagging! It can be a lifesaver.