Hockey season is back! We’re sharing some info on the injuries we see the most this time of year!
Most common injuries:
1. Concussion: a hot topic in hockey these days with lots of high profile players missing games. Easily the most common and least reported injury in hockey, symptoms may include headaches, nausea, and balance issues amongst others. Can be caused by small head trauma such as an elbow to the head or large scale, like a knock out.
2. Shoulder separation: Whether it be a hit to the boards or a fall, direct shoulder contact can cause this injury which covers anything from a sprain to a complete tear of the ligaments
3. Knee ligament sprain: Most commonly the MCL, is typically caused by over stretching the ligament on the inside of your knee. Contact or non-contact, this can occur after an awkward fall onto the ice or into the boards or a quick change of direction that puts an increased amount of stress on the knee.
4. Groin strain: Many muscles make up the groin area from hip flexors to adductors, most common injuries in the groin are caused by a quick change in direction or underlying muscle imbalances
With the wide array of injuries that can occur with hockey, it is best to make sure you complete a proper warm up and cool down before and after your game. It is also beneficial to participate in a proper strength training program.
How can we help?
If you do sustain an injury it is best to have your injury assessed by a therapist. Don’t let those injuries linger; the sooner you have it dealt with, the sooner you can be back on the ice!