Ice hockey collisions are common but wearing the appropriate equipment can reduce injuries. The well-dressed hockey player wears head-to-toe protection, including helmets, hip, shoulder and knee pads, chest protectors, gloves, skates and hockey sticks.
Many injuries involve the head and face. However, these can be reduced by wearing correctly fitted helmets with visors. A helmet should fit snugly and have an adjustable chin strap to prevent it from moving.
A hockey stick is a hockey player’s right (or left) arm. It should fit the player according to the so-called ‘chin rule’. That is, while in your skates, the butt of the stick should be 3 inches below your chin.
Skates must provide ankle support allowing for great control. It is essential to keep the blades sharp for your best performance. When it comes to hockey skates, it is wise to invest in well-known brands.
These fit around the head and include a chest and back protector. This provides total protection for the upper part of the body. Because they fit as one piece, players can move their arms and shoulders freely.
Hockey goalies are so well protected that they can withstand shots of up to 100 mph. A goalie helmet with a visor is often made of fibreglass, and goalie masks also have neck protection. Goalkeepers also wear protective clothing to protect their knees and shins.
These help reduce the risk of injury to the face, jaw, mouth and teeth. In fact, they are mandatory in sports such as hockey. The most effective mouth guards fit well and are comfortable, but they also stay in place.
Gloves and elbow pads
Hard plastic elbow pads protect the elbow joint from bumps, and unnatural twisting movements. Hockey gloves provide complete protection for the hands and wrists, compromising the player’s grip on the hockey stick.
Trousers and pads
Hockey trousers are padded to protect your hips, thighs, and tailbone. Properly fitted trousers prevent pads from slipping out of place. Thus, exposing an area to injury. Specially designed hockey trousers enable a player to move freely.
Leg, knee and shin guards
Good hockey leg, knee and shin guards have knee pads and padding along both sides of the knee. Moreover, the fit should be tight providing you with freedom of movement in your legs.
In ice hockey, it is essential to protect your groin from low blows. Although you can use any guard, it is advisable to invest in one where the cups provide you with more protection.