Hockey is a sport that is dangerous to play at every level of competition. There are many opportunities to get hurt from a variety of means. Checking is one aspect of the sport that often results in injuries. This move is legal in most age groups and is a move that allows a player to run (or crash) into another player in order to impede that player’s progress.
This play opens the doors for many possible outcomes. A player can hit the ice or crash into the boards, and many a fight has erupted over a check. Hockey is a great game despite its risks; keep these safety tips in mind so you can enjoy game play even longer.
Neck protectors are available although there are not required in some leagues. Despite the fact that they aren’t required, neck protectors are a worthy investment. Hockey moves at a very rapid speed and many things can happen on the ice. Close contact is the name of the game complete with fast flying pucks and the long reach of competing hockey sticks. In the heat of the fray, neck slashes are quite common injuries.
There is the additional danger of fast moving skaters while some players may be down on the ice. This is when the blades of skates can be a huge risk. You should only use hockey gear that has been certified by an organization that is recognized and respected. No matter what the sport may be, the use of high quality sports equipment is very important. Defective equipment leads to injuries, that’s the bottom line.
The Hockey Equipment Certification Council also known as HECC is a good start. Or perhaps the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). In Canada, there is the Canadian Standards Association, or the CSA. Make sure these names are associated with all the equipment you purchase for hockey.
One piece of hockey safety equipment that should be used more often is the protective visor. However, you will find that there are plenty of pro hockey players who take the smart approach and use them. The visor is made of hard plastic which helps to defend your face and eyes from injury. You can end up with serious injuries if you get hit by a flying hockey stick blade or a puck, and that isn’t as rare as you might think.
No piece of safety gear is 100% injury proof. But they sure can drastically reduce the likelihood of very serious injury when worn and also worn properly. Safety is a serious issue in all sports and for players of all skills and abilities. Younger players who fail to wear proper safety equipment are at an added risk for injury. If you have a child in youth league hockey, it’s important to stay involved. You both need to learn the risks of hockey and how to guard against those risks.