Winter is a key training time for all sports, but hockey players can use these months to prepare as well, getting treatment for any of the issues they suffer so they can keep competing and stay in shape. There are several different injuries that can crop up during hockey practice. Here are three possibilities to look for, separated by the section of the body.
- Head injuries: Concussions and other effects can be a common occurrence. The New York Times recently reported on a legal dispute between the family of one deceased hockey player and the NHL over the cause of a degenerative brain condition. Whether or not there is a connection, the head and upper back are at clear risk during play and deserve protection.
- Pulled muscles/torn ligaments: The groin, MCL and other areas can suffer strain and tear. Pay special attention to the lower body, including the muscles throughout the legs, as there are several ways athletes can get hurt here. Main problem areas include the shins, calves and hamstrings.
- Toes, feet and ankles: Spraining your ankle can happen easily when you're making so many quick moves on the ice. Some players have been known to make a show of heading out into the game with toe injuries, but there's no substitute for actually treating broken bones and other injuries.
Getting medical help will reduce the time it takes to get wounded athletes back on the ice. Inexperienced and veteran players alike may need to consult a medical professional to help with their injuries. As with other sports, there's no point in going without care simply to act "tough" if it's going to hurt the player later.
Bronston Chiropractic will assist with these and other hazards of the sport. Contact us to learn about possible options.