Article by John Miller
Field hockey is played in 132 countries and is the second most played team sport after soccer. It is estimated that 15% of hockey players are injured during a single season, and that injuries cause players to spend 11% of the total hockey season training and playing at less than full capacity.
Who is Injured?
Players aged 10 to 19 years accounted for 50% of injuries, mostly in the 15-19 year age group. Of all presentations, 5% are admitted to hospital for further treatment.
Types of Hockey Injuries
- Most serious hockey injuries result from being struck by the stick or the ball.
- The most common injuries presenting to hospitals are open wounds, fractures, sprains and strains and bruising and lacerations.
- Injuries presenting to hospital are predominantly to the upper limb (mostly injuries to the hand and forearm), face and lower limb (mostly ankle, foot and knee injuries).
- Injuries to the head and eyes (mostly struck by stick or ball) are infrequent, but tend to be comparatively severe, with a higher than average rate of admission to hospital.
- Dental injuries are also infrequent, although the damage may be severe and is mostly irreversible.
- Overuse injuries to the ankles and lower back are common.
Safety Tips for Hockey Players
- Players should undergo a fitness testing prior to their season
- Players should routinely warm-up and cool down, including adequate stretching, before and after play.
- Particular attention should be given to thoroughly warming-up and stretching the ankles, hips and lower back. Wear appropriate protective equipment
- Goalkeepers should wear a helmet and face guard during training and competition.
- All players should wear shock absorbent shin guards during training, informal play and competition.
- All players should wear properly fitted mouth guards to prevent dental injury.
Common Hockey Injuries in Detail
Common Hockey Injury Treatments
FAQs about Hockey Injuries
Hockey Injury Related Products
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Last updated 19-Jan-2018 01:57 PM
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