Truth be told, ice hockey players are among the most battered and bruised in the sporting arena. That is of course if you discount pugilists and mixed martial arts fighters from the equation. The high level of contact with these games makes it easy for a player to sustain injuries. Let’s take a look at four of the most common ones:
Ankle sprains may be caused by ill fitting or worn skates and are the most common form of injury sustained on the skating rink. It may also be caused by falling or being hit against the boards during a game. This is followed by muscle strains. When you suffer this kind of injury, be sure to immediately remove yourself from the ice and seek first aid. That usually involves placing some ice on the affected area to reduce swelling and compressing the same. Keep the leg elevated and remove any weight on the same for a while.
Muscle cramps and soreness
Muscle cramps are next in line on the list of injuries that a hockey player must contend with. When your muscle contracts but does not relax, it can be a painful experience. All muscles of your body may be prone to cramping although the common ones are hamstrings and other leg muscles. When this happens, you should immediately stop what you are doing and allow the cramp to pass. Muscle soreness may be caused by over exertion of the same during a game or exercise routine. This kind of ailment requires lots of rest. You can also use heat or cold pads to speed up healing and relieve soreness. Sometimes, soreness may be felt immediately while other times, it may occur hours after a match or practice session. Fortunately, the remedy for both is the same.
These are injuries that are caused by your body’s impact with other players, pieces of equipment like the stick or the puck and also from falling. These injuries manifest in the form of contusions, bruises, tenderness at the point of impact and lacerations. Some collision injuries are not serious enough to impact your game and you may continue playing after a medical practitioner has taken a look. Others however, may cause you to leave the game for a while to get medical attention. If you suffer a laceration and are bleeding, make sure that you get that attended to immediately. Sometimes, sudden impact may cause you to suffer whiplash which simply happens when your neck gets suddenly elongated or distorted due to high impact collision. This may result in neck pain and inability to rotate it without discomfort.
Concussions and fractures
Although these injuries may be classified as collision injuries, they deserve an honorable mention on their own. This is because of the severity of the same. Concussions may cause short term memory loss, brain damage and in certain extremities, death. Depending on the site and severity of the fracture, it may cost you your career or at the very least, months on the bench as you recover. The good news is that there are well trained doctors who can help tackle these conditions once they happen.
Author Byline :
Joshua Bing enjoys writing sports and business related blogs. He says that Wayne Gretzky is the one of the greatest ice hockey player that ever walked on the face of this earth. His most prized possession is a hockey jersey signed by him.