Picture the scene. You’re stood in a goal with people bearing down on you at speed armed with sticks. They have the power to hit balls directly at you at a rapid pace. What do you do? Do you stand resolute ready to save the day or do you duck out of the way at the first opportunity? If you took the first option, you may just make it as a hockey goalkeeper. Hockey is a fast-paced, exhilarating sport, and you need to be brave, as well as agile, to play in goal.
Why being a hockey goalkeeper is the most dangerous position
You could play in any position on a hockey field and be at risk of injury, but no role carries a higher risk of broken bones and bruises than a hockey goalkeeper. As the goalkeeper, you’re the last line of defence and the barrier between your team and the goal line. Your job is to do everything you can to keep that ball from hitting the back of the net. As a goalkeeper, you’ll be required to throw yourself on the floor, leap through the air or come out and tackle opponents, and your body will often be on the line.
Injuries you may sustain as a hockey goalkeeper include:
- Sprains and strains
- Cuts and bruises
To prevent serious injury, goalkeepers are advised to utilise the following equipment:
- A helmet
- Protective gloves
- Leg pads and shoes (known as kickers)
- Chest pad
- Gum shield
Claiming compensation or hockey injuries
Unfortunately, injuries are often part and parcel of life for hockey players. Usually, injuries are minor and you can recover very quickly. Often, nobody is to blame for hockey injuries, but sometimes, there may be an incident that results in injuries caused by other people’s negligence. If you’ve been injured playing hockey and you were not at fault, you may wish to consider claiming compensation for a hockey accident. If you sought medical advice and you have evidence to support your hockey accident claim, call Accident Advice Helpline or take our 30-second eligibility test online. We have more than 15 years of experience and we take care of the legwork so that you can focus on your recovery. Call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to find out more about making a no-win, no-fee claim for a sports accident.