Hockey is a great sport, both to play and as a spectator, yet playing hockey relies on high fitness levels as well as skill and perseverance. With twenty players and two goalkeepers carrying sticks and chasing a hard ball around the field, accidents are bound to take place when playing hockey.
Staying safe when playing hockey
To keep training and matches as safe as possible, follow these tips when playing hockey:
- Wear shin pads. You need all the protection you can get on your lower leg and ankle, as the ball can often bobble off the floor or another player’s stick.
- Wear a mouthguard. Mouthguards should be worn by all hockey players. Some players choose not to wear them for comfort reasons, but they are crucial to protecting your teeth and mouth. A properly fitted mouthguard can save you thousands on dental fees.
- Wear the right shoes. Before playing hockey, you should buy a pair of hockey shoes. They are specifically designed for playing on astroturf, and will help you avoid any slips, trips or falls on the field.
- Wear gloves. The majority of hockey players don’t wear gloves. However, wearing one or two padded hockey gloves can significantly reduce the risk of broken fingers as well as keeping your hands warm in cold weather in the UK.
- Wear a protective mask. These should be provided to you by your school or club. Whilst defending a short corner, defenders should wear protective masks to reduce their risk of facial injuries, as attackers often aim for the top corners of the goal to score.
Hockey injuries tend to happen when people are not paying attention to their surroundings or play in an unsafe and aggressive manner. If you follow these safety checks, however, you should be able to avoid most injuries when playing hockey.
Making a claim for a hockey accident
As a player or spectator, if you have been involved in a hockey accident you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim. Our team of advisors here at Accident Advice Helpline will be able to offer you the advice and support you need should you wish to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Call us today on freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: October 5, 2016
Author: Accident Advice