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Field Hockey Injury Risk Factors

There are intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors for injury. Intrinsic factors are a child’s individual musculoskeletal issues, which can include skeletal immaturity (bones and joints that are still developing) or muscle weakness. Extrinsic factors are the environment in which an athlete performs, which can include the level of competition: how much, how hard and how long play lasts.

Other common risk factors for Field Hockey injuries include:

  • Field Hockey is a rapidly growing sport. Currently over 5,000 females compete at the collegiate level each year. The growing number of participants results in a growing number of injuries.
  • Field Hockey is classified a non-contact sport. However, many acute injuries in Field Hockey result in contact with a stick, ball, another player, the playing surface, or the goal cage.