Ice hockey is a popular sport in the USA and is slowly becoming popular over here in Blighty. Although it may be a great sport to get into to keep fit and to indulge a sporting hobby, ice hockey is not without its safety risks, and if you are contemplating starting to practise the sport, then here are some things you should do to avoid the risk of a slip, trip or fall or a nasty accident that could cut your ice hockey dream short.
Always wear the safety equipment
There is a lot of equipment to consider when you are playing ice hockey and if you have ever watched a game on the extreme sports channels, you’ll see that the professional players are always dressed head to toe in lots of protective gear. To avoid hurting yourself in an accident like a slip or trip, players should wear a protective helmet with a face grill, a mouth guard, a jockstrap, knee pads, shin pads and elbow pads, and a pair of specialised skates that protect the foot. All of this equipment is a must for all ice hockey players, and this means if you are to suffer a trip or slip, you’re as protected as you can be from a nasty slip injury.
Leave your aggression at the door
It may seem that ice hockey players are very aggressive, as often, players slide into each other and slam against the barriers of the rink. It may seem this way, but this is most of the time friendly “marking” that looks very high speed because of the way they speed and slide on the ice. However, becoming aggressive would put you and your opponent at risk of a fall injury, such as a fracture, break, ligament tear, or head injury. Competition is healthy, but in sport, aggression never wins.
Practice makes perfect
Ice is a dangerous surface at the best of times, so practising ice skating alone before you attempt the actual game is a good idea. Once you are confident on the ice and skating is second nature to you, then you can start learning about how to play the actual game itself without the risk of a fall or slip on the ice.
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Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice