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Prevent Hockey Injuries

| December 31, 2013 | Reply


As Canadians we are raised with hockey in our blood.  Young, old, boy, girl; we all have at least watched hockey and have seen the toll it can take on a body, even if we have not experienced it first-hand.   The list of potential injuries with hockey is endless, but there is one common one that I will focus on-the groin.  Groin injuries are very common to hockey players due to the rapid skating motion.  When you skate and you push your leg to the side and back, your adductor muscles, aka groin muscles, pull your leg back to your body.  If you slip or get your leg stuck on another players stick/foot these muscles in your groin can get strained.  Due to the repetitive nature of skating it is very easy for a previous strain to be re-aggravated each time you skate.   So before your next shinny game think of these things:

Warm up before you play.  Gently skate around to get the blood flowing to the muscles that you are about to use. 

Make sure to stretch before you play.  It is always important to stretch before you start any activity.  Pay close attention to the muscles you will be using for your game.  Focus on the groin, quads, hamstrings, and calves, and hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds.

 Stretch and strengthen both sides.  Make sure your joint range of motion is as equal as possible on each side of your body.

 Stretch after you play.  Light stretching after you warm up followed by a more thorough stretching regimen after you work out is your best bet.

 Don’t play through an injury.  Even Taylor Hall takes a break from hockey to see a Physical Therapist when he is hurt and he gets paid millions of dollars to play hockey.  Injuries do not tend to get better on their own! Ignoring an injury or stretching an injury will not make it better and will only prolong your recovery time. 

 If you are injured come see us at Capilano Rehab Centre and we will help get you back on the ice!  If you are worried about getting injured and want some help preventing potential injury come visit one of our Massage Therapists.  Working out those tight muscles can help prevent future muscle strains.



Capilano Rehab Centre | Physical Therapy Capilano physical therapists have provided state-of-the-art physical therapy, sports physiotherapy, back pain, WCB, accident, whiplash and injury rehab to clients in Edmonton for over 10 years.

5832 Terrace Rd Edmonton, AB. T6A 3Y8

(780) 466-1104

Category: Active Living, Chronic Groin or Hamstring Injuries, Community, Healthy Living, Physiotherapy

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I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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