Hockey is a contact sport, even though players use sticks to maneuver and move the puck (or ball).
It may not be like boxing, but some hockey players have experienced worse kinds of injuries due to playing hockey.
The most common injury a player may suffer from is getting hit by the stick. This may sound simple, but a lot of players suffered from serious injuries after getting hit by a stick, especially when playing ice hockey.
Getting hit with the stick may make a player lose his or her balance, and may cause a fall. The fall may be serious, and can lead to fractures, concussions and others.
Sometimes, male players can also get hit in the groin area, and depending on the severity of the blow, they might need help after recovering from the injury.
In some cases, bones in the lower part of the body, can get broken after a fall or a wrong move. Fractures and broken bones are also very common injuries in hockey, and in some cases can directly affect a player’s career.
Hockey can also be a bloody sport, especially ice hockey. Aside from the stick, the ice rink and the skates can also cause injuries, and may be deadly at times. Some players sustain wounds and injuries in the head or face from getting hit with the puck or the stick, and some have also broken their nose, lost their teeth, or had their cheeks, chin or eyebrows stitched due to a game injury.
Street hockey is just as dangerous as ice and field hockey, and a player may suffer from a serious injury if he is not careful.
Of course, players know that playing hockey entails a lot of risks, and game officials (as well as coaches) always make sure that all players know how to play safe and play according to the rules. Punishments can be a bit severe, such as suspensions, and those players with records of causing injuries may be barred from the game forever.
To avoid injuries, players are advised to use their sticks properly, and only within the rink. Most injuries are caused by the hockey stick, and using it as a weapon, or using it on another player, is prohibited in the game.
Also, all players are required to wear their protective equipment inside the rink. It consists of the helmet, the sweater, elbow, knee and shin guards, and the sweater. It is advisable to ensure that everything fits well, to facilitate easy movement and to prevent self-inflicted injury.
Players who are suffering from a minor injury are not advised to continue playing even if they think that they are not hurt. A seemingly minor injury may become serious, and may also cause put other players at risk.
Hockey and other contact sports may be competitive, but they should also be enjoyable and fun. After all, whether it is professional or amateur, hockey and other sports are games that should be enjoyed. And it can be more enjoyable if injuries can be avoided.