Ice hockey is an increasingly popular sport in the UK. Whether you’re taking part for fun, or you’ve joined a team and you’re ready for action in competitive matches, it’s always beneficial to be aware of the risks involved. Ice hockey is a fast-paced, frenetic sport, and the surface exposes you to a high risk of injury. Here are some of the most common ice hockey injuries, and some tips to help you swerve injuries while you’re on the ice.
The most common ice hockey injuries
When you combine a slippery surface, a large number of players moving around at speed, and a desire to tackle the opponent and score goals, it’s not surprising that ice hockey players are prone to injuries. Here are some of the most common ice hockey injuries:
- Strains and sprains (most commonly the wrists and ankles are affected)
- Broken bones
- Cuts and bruises
- Muscular injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries (these are most common in people who play on a regular basis)
If you’ve experienced one of these common ice hockey injuries from an accident which was not your fault you may be eligible for compensation.
If you’re keen to prevent injuries, take these safety tips on board:
- Always warm up thoroughly before you start playing and cool down afterwards
- Wear protective clothing and a helmet
- Play by the rules and use facilities that are designed specifically for ice hockey
- Seek advice from a doctor if you suspect that you may have an injury
- Practise your technique
If you follow these pointers, you’ll have a much lower risk of sustaining injuries.
Claiming compensation for an ice hockey accident
If you’ve been injured in an ice hockey accident, you may be thinking about filing a compensation claim. To claim compensation for an ice hockey injury, you must be able to prove that you were not at fault for the accident. Ice hockey is a dangerous sport, and you should be aware that you’re putting your safety at risk every time you step onto the ice. If you get injured because you lose control or lose your balance, you would be liable for the injury. If you suffer injuries as a result of an opponent displaying negligence or you were using defective equipment, you may have a case for personal injury compensation. If you’d like to find out more about making a claim for an ice hockey accident, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone. We have more than 15 years of experience and we operate a strict no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice