Whether you play field or ice hockey, chances are high that you will suffer sports-related injuries. Both types of hockey use similar moves. At times, they can be full-contact sports. They also share some common injuries. If you play hockey in any form, then you must take precautions to minimize those injuries. Here is a sampling of common injuries in both sports and what you should do if you are hurt.
Both sports involve quick turns that put pressure and force on your ankle. Ankle sprains make up a significant amount of hockey injuries. With ice hockey, you also have the added problem of balancing on skates. Fortunately, most ankle injuries get better with rest and ice.
Both ACL and MCL injuries involve the knee. Ice hockey players tend to injure their MCL. This ligament location is on the inside of the knee and the outside of the leg bones. Field hockey players have more ACL injuries. The ACL is located in the middle of the knee between the femur and tibia.
MCL injuries are usually caused by impact and sometimes by unusual twisting movements. Fortunately, MCL injuries often heal on their own with rest. Impact can cause ACL injuries, but they are more commonly caused by unusual movements or pressure on the joint. ACL injuries are usually very serious and take a long time to heal. Some ACL injuries require surgery.
Shoulder injuries in both sports are often caused by impact, either with another player or from a fall. Dislocation and broken collar bones are common hockey-related shoulder injuries. Both need immediate medical attention. Overuse injuries are also common. Proper posture in both field and ice hockey can help reduce some injuries.
Any type of blunt force to the head can give you a concussion. Concussions are very common in both field and ice hockey. You can be injured by getting hit by another player or their equipment, falling, or striking your head on the boards. Even if you are not knocked out, you can still have a concussion. If you aren't feeling well or have any unusual symptoms, then stop playing until you can see a doctor.
In both sports, proper off-field or off-ice training and warm up can help reduce injuries. Your doctor or coach will likely have a list of recommended exercises to keep you in shape. Also, make sure you have an annual physical to check for problems and weaknesses before your season starts. Tell your coach if you suffer an injury or have pain related to an injury. Don't continue playing while injured without talking to a sports medicine doctor first.