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The common hockey injuries that occur are wrist, elbow, shoulder, back, hip, knee, and head injuries. However, because of the nature of play, there are only ways to prevent a few of these injuries. Wrist injuries can be prevented by players simply bracing themselves against boards with their forearms instead of their hands. Elbow injuries can be prevented by wearing elbow pads that cushion against blows. These pads should fit comfortably and have an opening for the elbow, soft padding, and a plastic outer shell.


Back injuries can be avoided through strength training of the back and abdominal muscles and through stretching the hip flexors. Hip injuries can be prevented by wearing hockey pants with reinforced padding in vulnerable areas for protection. Other injuries that might occur including bruises, muscle strains, ligament tears, and cuts and can be prevented through pre-screenings to uncover deficiencies. Players can participate in conditioning programs to strengthen their bodies. Wear protective gear that is well-fitting and in good condition, and when playing, play by the rules.

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Yes, women play hockey. Records of women playing hockey have been recorded as early as the 1890s. A challenge women’s match was held in 1902 between the Ladies Clubs of Trois Rivieres and Montreal at the time where there was no organized leagues or tournaments Women have competed in hockey tournaments since 1916 featuring Canadian and American women competing in Cleveland, Ohio. For a brief period, women’s hockey was declined after WWII well throughout the 1950s and 1960s considering hockey more like a men’s sport. It wasn’t until the 1960s when it was revived by 9-year-old Abby Hoffman who challenged a boy’s team.




Rhonda Taylor took women’s hockey into the Corporate Board Room of Canada in 1982 where the first women’s Nationals occurred. Following in 1987 the first women’s world championship was held in Toronto, Ontario.The first woman to ever compete in hockey was Manon Rheaume. Rheaume competed in an NHL game in 1992 with the Tampa Bay Lighting against St. Louise Blues. Most notable historical women’s hockey games took place in 2000 and 2011. Woman’s hockey has been slowly gaining more recognition increasingly growing more popular.

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There are hockey teams for women at all levels. In the United States, women can play as a part of the NCAA (college teams) and on the US national team. The United States is not the only country that has a platform for women to play because Korea and Canada also have teams, a national team and a national league, respectively. Canada’s Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) originated from the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL), which existed since the beginning of last century.


In general, women compete on the international level at the Olympics and at the collegiate level in some countries, but as for being paid professionally, Canada is one of the few countries that has a league for women. The National Hockey League, league for men, does not have a rule explicitly preventing women from playing the sport, but as of today, other than for special events no women have ever played professionally as a part of this league.

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Yes, there are a few countries that enjoy the sport. Of the many countries, the ones who do love the sport are in North and South America. Canada, of course, has deep love for the game, as does the United States and Bolivia. The sport is growing as well in Mexico. In Europe, there are a number of countries that enjoy the sport. Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Belarus, Iceland, and the United Kingdom are some of the countries where the sport is a favorite.


Eastern European countries like Latvia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland. There other countries in Eastern Europe who play the sport but these countries seem to have the strongest following. In Asia, Russia, China, and North Korea the sport is popular. In most places where the climate seems to support the sport, there seems to be a following for hockey. Japan was also mentioned as a country that follows the sport, and actually has a version of the NHL with over ten teams.

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The National Hockey League started on the 26th of November 1917 in Montreal, Canada. The league was founded after the demise of its predecessor league, the National Hockey Association (NHA). The new league was formed as an effort to remove the owner of the Toronto Blue shirts, Eddie Livingstone.


In the 1916 – 1917 seasons, the NHA was facing a lot of problems. The majority of the Toronto 228th Battalion was called to fight World War I and the Quebec Bulldogs were in financial difficulty.


The NHL was started by a majority of the NHA franchise (the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs and Montreal Wanderers) because the team owners were frustrated with Toronto Blue shirt owner Eddie Livingstone whom they have had issues with since 1915.

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Hockey players face an amalgam of industries, but some of the most common include: Common injuries occur to the wrist, elbows, shoulders, and head. Wrist injuries are caused from falls that happen when the hands are out in front of the player or when there is contact with the board which forces the wrist up or down causing a fracture in both instances.


Elbow injuries can occur because this area is a frequent contact, area which contributes to bursitis (thick and scarred bursal tissue) and constant inflammation in the area. Common shoulder injuries happen when the shoulder is separated or the collar bone is broken. These injuries occur as a result of direct contact of the shoulder with boards or other players.


Back injuries are also common, and are the result of poor posture (flexed forward posture) on the floor. Players have to stand with their knees bent inward, and when they skate, they skate close to the floor. This poor posture contributes to low-back pain and pulled muscles. Hip and knee injuries are also common to the sport. The hip joint and muscles in the groin are stressed as a result of the skating stride, which asks players to skate low to the ice. This contributes to groin strain and a hip flexor strain. Then, players are at risk to spraining the knees as a result of stress on the medial collateral ligament. Knees are also susceptible to ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears and torn cartilage. Finally, concussions are also a common and dangerous injury. While typically associated with losing consciousness, players can be very aware with a concussion. Players might experience not feeling okay or just a headache after playing.

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Hockey fields are always kept wet and the way is clear. The area is made of grass and hard ground. The wet turf has significant advantages over dry turf. The first advantage is that it allows the ball to slide across the field and aids passing and shooting.


The ball used in field hockey is heavier and hence the water gives it a slightly better chance of rolling around without flying off. The second advantage is that it prevents severe injuries to the players who fall. It also improves gameplay and allows for the players to use it to their advantage and creating engaging technical moves and passes.

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It is true that in the list of popular sports world wide only ice hockey comes anywhere near consideration.This is a shame since field hockey, for instance, has so many health benefits. (Provided the best protective clothing is worn!) It is a great cardio workout being a form of cardiovascular exercise. Whether we're talking about hockey on ice or on field, skating or running the body benefits from the start-stop nature of the game.


Quick bursts of running inspersed with periods of rest has greater cardio benefits than all-out non-stop running. At least ice hockey is the favourite sport in six countries: Canada; Czech Republic; Belarus; Switzerland; Finland and Norway. Okay, the climate doesn't offer a great deal of choice!

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The field hockey was introduced first to the Olympics before the ice hockey. The field hockey started as a men’s competition at the 1908 Games in London. The first women’s Olympic field hockey was held at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.


The ice hockey has been a part of the Olympic Games since 1920. The men’s tournament was introduced to the event at the 1920 summer Olympics and was permanently transferred to the Winter Olympics Games in 1924. The women’s tournament was introduced to the Olympics games at the 1998 Winter Olympics.

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Currently, there are 31 teams that make up the league (24 of them from the United States and 7 of them from Canada). There are two conferences each one divided into two divisions. The two conferences are the Eastern and Western. The Eastern Conference is broken down into the Metropolitan and Atlantic Divisions. The Metropolitan Division is comprised of: NY Islanders, Washington CAPITALS, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes, NY Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, and New Jersey Devils. The Atlantic Division is comprised of: Tampa Bay Lightning, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, Detroit Red Wings, and Ottawa Senators.




The Western Conference is comprised of the Central and Pacific Divisions. The Central Division is comprised of: Winnipeg Jets, Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche, St. Louis Blues, and the Chicago Blackhawks. The Pacific Division is comprised of: Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Las Vegas Golden Nights, Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers, and the Los Angeles Kings.

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