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What are the most common injuries a hockey player can face in hockey?

Asked by J. Pollock on Jan 16, 2019

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L. Bonadio

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L. Bonadio
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Answered on Feb 19, 2019

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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Mike John
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Answered on Jan 31, 2019

Hockey is a contact sport, injuries often occur from contact with other players. The most common hockey injuries include: Shoulder injuries The most common shoulder injuries in hockey are a shoulder separation and a broken collarbone. This type of injuries occurs from a direct contact of the shoulder with another player.


Wrist injuries This happens when a player fall on an outstretched arm or contact with the forces that may cause a fracture. Back and hip injuries Hockey players are at great risk of back injuries due to the flexed position of skating. The hip and groin muscles are susceptible to injury due to the mechanism of skating stride. Knee and elbow injuries are also common in hockey sport.

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