Before your kids hit the ice for the wonderful winter sport of hockey, it's wise to brush up on a few safety tips. Every year, many kids and adults are injured during hockey games and practices. While there are many possible reasons for injuries it is safe to say that many are the direct result of inadequate attention to safety precautions. Many of these injuries could be easily prevented with effective parental effort to promote safety education among players. Just remember that you'll never be able to remove all risk of injury from hockey; it is a rough sport after all. But still, there is no excuse, really, for failing to learn about good safety practices. This advice will help you be certain that you have the safest possible hockey season.
Much about hockey safety is highly specific to this sport. As an example, there are pads for elbows, shoulders, and shins in the sport of hockey. Make sure you wear safety gear that is appropriate and specific to hockey and do not substitute safety gear that was meant for soccer or football in its place. The other equipment is not designed to deal with the punishment of a hockey game. Begin by examining the pads created to protect the lower leg. Knees and shins are shielded from shock with padding and additional damage by a hard plastic covering that extends from the knee down to the boot of the skate. Perhaps the only piece of protective equipment that hockey shares with other sports is the cup that is used to protect the groin area. While that is not obviously peculiar to hockey, nevertheless it is a very important part of hockey safety gear. These usually come with undershorts that are designed specifically for the cup. If your cup was purchased alone you'll need to get an athletic supporter for the cup. Do not ever practice or play hockey without using a protective cup in order to avoid the particularly painful injury that could happen without it. No one wants to even contemplate the pain of a full on hit to the groin from a hockey puck without groin protection. Is this something you'd want to experience? Be smart!
If you play hockey, or your child plays in a hockey league, then you know the value of hockey safety tips. That kind of information is invaluable for avoiding injury and being able to play hockey for as long as possible during the regular season. If you are the parent of a child playing hockey for the first time, make safety a priority. Protective gear only protects from some of the dangers of hockey. Safety rules in different leagues can differ greatly.
Knowing hockey safety tips is critical because they can reduce the chances of you suffering from major injuries. Nothing can replace preparation, quality safety gear and good judgment.