As we head into the winter sports season, we thought we would highlight a winter sport that we haven’t talked about before but continues to be a popular choice in the Penrith region, ice hockey!
This fast, physically demanding sport requires fantastic hand-eye coordination, agility, accuracy, speed and strength. Add to that the ability to handle the stick, control the puck and (in elite leagues) to bodycheck and hit other players into the sideboards…all while skating extremely fast! To say the least, ice hockey is extremely tolling on the players body.
In terms of common injuries, ice hockey injuries are generally categorised into two, they are either a chronic overuse injury or an acute injury, resulting from instant trauma. Overuse injuries accumulate overtime and can include aches and pains but these can be prevented with adequate re-training and rest. However, acute injuries of course require immediate first aid and recommended next steps.
One of the most important measures an ice hockey player can take to avoid injury, at the very least, is to ensure they have all of the quality protective equipment that they need such as helmets, pads and full protective gear to either prevent or lessen the severity of injuries sustained on the ice.
As you can imagine, most of the common injuries we see ice hockey players suffer are the result of trauma on the ice. Here are some of the most common injury areas that we see in ice hockey players:
– Hand & wrist
– Head & neck
Many of these injuries can be caused by instances such as:
– Hard body checks
– Player collisions
– Forced collisions with walls and the ice
– Direct hits from the puck
– Hits from sticks
– Excessive skating
– Incorrect technique
As you can see in the lists above, head & neck injuries, as well as shoulder injuries are often acute, resulting from clashes on the ice. Hand & wrist as well as hamstring injuries tend to fall into the overuse category. Thankfully, all of these kinds of injuries can all be treated with the help of a physiotherapist.
An experienced physiotherapist will be able to accurately assess your injury and:
– Talk to you about the best treatment options
– Create a personalised rehabilitation program
– Suggest take-home exercises
– Give you strategies to minimise the injury from reoccurring
– Get you back to your pre-injury status and ensure a return to play
You can be confident that our qualified and highly skilled physiotherapists will be able to successfully rehabilitate your injury or advise on any concerns you may have. Contact Progressive Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy today on 02 47217798 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can make an online appointment booking by clicking here