Hockey Related Injuries
Hockey is a fast moving contact sport and, as such, carries significant risk of both serious and mild injuries. We summarize below what are perhaps the five most commonly reported hockey injuries.
Among the potentially serious hockey injuries, concussion can perhaps have the most serious consequences. Many believe that this condition is present only if the player loses consciousness . However, it can also be the result of a glancing blow to the head from a stick or elbow that leaves the player fully conscious. If diagnosed with a concussion, the best advice is to seek professional medical help immediately and follow medical advice. It is extremely important not to underestimate the danger of this type of injury and the difficulty you may face in recovering fully from it. Of course, the best way to prevent this type of hockey injury is to wear a helmet and other protective equipment for the head and face.
Collarbone fractures (or clavicle fractures) form another category of acute hockey injuries. They tend to result from direct blows to your elbow, outstretched arm or outside part of the shoulder. Falling onto the tip of your shoulder is another common cause of this injury.
Other commonly experienced hockey injuries include shoulder separation, knee ligament injuries, groin strains and high ankle sprains.The products below may help to promote recovery from these injuries once a player experiences them. You can also find some additional information on managing upper body injuries, including concussion, here. However, as with most other sports, the best way to manage the risk of injury is to follow a properly designed off season physical fitness program. Another way to manage the risk is to warm up and cool down properly before and after a game or training session.