Playing by the rules, and wearing the proper equipment is critical to preventing hockey injuries. In addition to contact-related injuries, players also need to guard against injuries that can occur as a result of poor conditioning, or being unprepared for the level of activity.
Other ways to avoid injury include
- The player should have a pre-season screening by a sports health professional to identify any existing injuries and potential risk areas of risk.
- A pre-season, sports-specific conditioning program will enhance performance and decrease the risk of injury.
- Players should use high-quality hockey equipment that fits properly and is not damaged or worn.
- Strict enforcement of the rules will help decrease the risk of injury.
- Avoiding dangerous tactics will decrease the risk of serious injury.
- The use of elbow pads that fit well, have an opening for the elbow, soft padding, and a plastic outer shell will decrease the risk of elbow injuries from contact with the ice, boards, or another player.
- To avoid wrist injuries the player should attempt to brace against the boards using the elbows and not the hands.
- Hockey pants with reinforced padding at the hips can prevent hip pointer or tronchantaric bursitis from a direct blow to the hip.
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