Fall is finally here and soon people will be engaging in fun wintertime sports like hockey. If you’re a hockey enthusiast, you’re probably aware that, as fun as this game is, it also has risks.
How can you prevent hockey injuries?
The Four Most Common Hockey Injuries and How to Prevent Them
In order to prevent injuries, it’s helpful to know what kinds of injuries are common to hockey players. Understanding this can help you take the necessary precautions.
1. Sprains and Strains
The most common hockey injuries are those resulting in sprains or strains because it is a contact sport. Parts of the body that can get sprain or strain injury include:
- Shoulders (including shoulder separations)
It is vital to wear all of the protective gear for hockey players. This includes your helmet, mouth guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin guards, among others.
2. Muscle Cramps
Also common among hockey players are muscle cramps. This injury can result with any form of physical activity, including walking, swimming, biking, and running.
If you experience muscle cramps, take a break. The cramp may go away on its own with rest and adequate hydration.
However, if the cramping isn’t resolved quickly, it may be best to schedule an appointment with your chiropractor or massage therapist.
3. Over-Training Syndrome
Whether you’re playing in a league or are simply an enthusiastic weekend warrior, training is an important element in improving your hockey skills.
Unfortunately, it can be easy to over-train.
Over-training is training beyond the body’s natural ability to recover from physical activity. The issue with this is that it’s easier to sustain other types of injuries, and harder to heal from them.
If you feel overly-exhausted after training, it may be necessary to reduce your training sessions. Taking the time to heal now will reduce the likelihood of being out of the game completely down the road.
4. Concussion (In Both Men and Women)
Recent studies have shown that a concussion is an all-too-common injury among hockey players. This is concerning since a concussion is a potentially life-threatening condition. A seven-year study of male and female hockey players found that even mild concussions deemed “clinically insignificant” can result in some level of cognitive impairment.
Your best bet – wear your helmet at all times. And if you do receive a concussion, see your doctor immediately.
How Your Chiropractor Can Treat Hockey Injuries
What should you do if you got a hockey injury? The first thing you should do is call your chiropractic office.
For general sprains and strains, your chiropractor will recommend the R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) method of treatment. Typically, this is something you should do at home right away.
When you go to your chiropractic office, you’ll be presented with multiple treatment options.
One such option is Active Release Therapy. Dr.’s Desjardins and Robinson can help work out soft tissue or deep tissue restrictions, in addition to helping you with some stretching techniques.
For more serious injuries, your chiropractor can use laser therapy and shockwave therapy treatments. Depending on the level of discomfort you’re in and the seriousness of the injury, you may need multiple sessions to heal and find relief.
Stay Safe and Have Fun Playing Winter Sports This Year
Some people are so worried that they’ll sustain an injury that they refuse to participate in winter sports. While there is always a risk of injury, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to sustain one. And even if you do, there are plenty of treatments that can be done to successfully treat the injury.
This isn’t to say you should go out and be reckless, but it is always good to remember that there’s a risk of injury in even the most mundane daily activities.
If you love winter sports – don’t let the risk of injury hold you back from having some fun. Go out and enjoy your sport and your time with friends and family. Just make sure to take the necessary precautions to stay safe while having fun.
Have you experienced a hockey injury? Would you like to know more about how to prevent and treat these injuries? If so, please contact us to schedule a consultation.