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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