3 Hockey Injuries Your Kids Can Prevent

Posted by Dr. Scott Wilson | 06-Dec-2016

Hockey is a favorite sport for children and adults – but it has injury risks that cause many parents to worry about the wellbeing of their kids.

Injuries occur with players at any level, and knowing how to prevent them increases your child’s safety and ensures that they continue to participate in their favorite activities. Understanding the hockey injuries your kids can prevent helps you support their goals and keep them from experiencing unwanted setbacks.

Why kids get injured in hockey

There are many factors that increase the risk of hockey injuries in children. Lack of protective gear, minimal experience, and pre-existing issues can all play a role.

Injuries can be a result of a lack of physical conditioning. Low levels of strength and joint stability can make it easy for kids to become injured or experience pain over time.

Common hockey injuries

Common injuries in hockey include shoulder, back, arm, leg, and head injuries. Players can experience concussions that require a medical evaluation to determine the extent of their injuries.

  1. Shoulder injuries
    Shoulders are susceptible to muscle tears and broken bones. The clavicle (collarbone) can be broken when players make high-speed impacts with each other or an object.
  2. Bursitis
    Bursitis in the elbow can cause pain and prevent your child from performing at his or her best. The bursae of the joints become inflamed from repetitive movements.
  3. Knee injuries
    Issues related to the ligaments of the knees can also arise in hockey. The meniscus, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and medial collateral ligament (MCL) can all be injured with the movements that are required to play hockey.

The following are other common injuries that kids who play hockey can prevent:

  • Neck injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Broken teeth
  • Cuts
  • Black eye
  • Fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries

Preventing hockey injuries

Parents accept the possibility of injury with any sport in which their child chooses to participate. However, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk and help children make the most of their participation.

Obtaining a screening by a skilled physiotherapist can help you identify any potential risk factors. These include muscle imbalances or motor skill deficiencies. Weak core and stabilizer muscles can be strengthened using the right exercises.

The right strength and conditioning program can be implemented before your child begins playing hockey. This prepares their muscles and joints for the demands of hockey and ensures that they are more resistant to injury.

Preventing these common injuries improves performance and is a major step in supporting long-term wellness and physical activity of your kids.

Dr. Scott Wilson

Dr. Scott Wilson is the Founder & Chairman of Physiomed; one of Canada’s largest franchised networks of inter-disciplinary healthcare clinics. A graduate of Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Dr. Wilson founded Physiomed in 1994 and has since grown Physiomed to over 30 clinics in Southern Ontario and British Columbia. With hundreds of practitioners from over a dozen disciplines, Dr. Wilson and Physiomed have helped over 100,000 Canadians with physiotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, orthotic therapy, compression therapy and clinical conditioning as part of a program of rehabilitation and health optimization. In addition to helping patients improve their physical and mental well-being, Dr. Wilson has also mentored hundreds of practitioners to provide better care while enjoying more fulfilling careers. He is also a keynote speaker on many health related topics including how physiotherapy, chiropractic and health & wellness treatment can help with stress, weight loss, and unlocking the true potential within to achieve lasting physical well-being.

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