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Field Hockey Injury Causes

  • Hand and wrist injuries
  • Due to the low placement of the hand on the stick, the right hand in particular is at risk of an acute contact injury from being struck by an opponents stick.
  • Fractures of the hands, especially the fingers, are common.
  • Facial injuries
  • The player can be struck by the stick or ball.
  • Facial injuries tend to be minor cuts and abrasions
  • These injuries can be severe, resulting in facial fractures, eye injuries, and broken teeth.
  • All of these injuries require consultation with a sports health professional.
  • Ankle injuries
  • Inversion ankle sprains are the most common sports related injury
  • Ankle injuries comprise 15% of all field hockey injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Common knee injuries include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries from deceleration while cutting or stopping, and from being struck in the knee.
  • Muscle strains of the thigh include the quadriceps and hamstrings muscle groups.
  • Concussions
  • Up to 7% of all Field Hockey injuries are concussions.
  • Dizziness and confusion are the most common symptoms of concussion.
  • When a concussion is suspected a sports health professional should be consulted.
  • Overuse injuries
  • Occur from repetitive activity.
  • Common sites of overuse injuries in Field Hockey are the back, knee, ankle, leg, and foot