For most hockey players, injuries are badges of honor. Most will happily show off their scars or missing teeth as evidence that hockey is a game for the brave and the bold. But that’s only after they heal.
As cool as they seem after the fact, injuries can relegate players to the bench. No one wants bumps and bruises to keep them away from — or out of — the game, which is why it’s important for hockey enthusiasts to know how they can prevent the most common types of injuries.
For example, there are a lot of ways a player can get hurt above the waist. Anything from a cut finger to a broken clavicle falls into the category of “upper body injuries.” Any of these injuries can mean lost ice time.
Fortunately, hockey players can avoid many of these with the right amount of preparation and protection. First and foremost, players need to have the right gear. Mouth guards, helmets, pads and gloves should be in good shape and properly fitted to provide the best protection.
Of course, hockey is a full-contact sport. That’s why it’s essential for players to know how to treat injuries so they can get back to action as soon as possible. The accompanying infographic can help hockey players prevent and treat the most common types of upper body injuries.
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