Even for the best athletes out there, hockey can take its toll on the body. As one of the roughest sports around, hockey players always have to be careful about taking care of their bodies, or risk attaining long-term and career-ending injuries. Collisions occur much more often in hockey than in other sports, both intentional and unintentional, and the near-frictionless surface of an ice rink provides the players with little stability. Having the confidence of proper safety while playing hockey can up any athlete’s game both mentally and physically, which is why it is important to consider braces.
There are plenty of orthopedic sleeves and support braces for hockey players on the market, popular amongst kids and professionals, and choosing the brace or sleeve for you is about understanding which joints you would most like to protect from injury. Some of the most common hockey injuries that braces can help prevent include:
Generally, many of these injuries are caused by sudden twisting movements while traveling at high speeds, which are common actions in any hockey match. The ligaments in the knees and ankles may not be ready so withstand the force of a sudden stopping or twisting movement, which leads to tears and sprains that can knock an athlete out of the rink for weeks if not months.
The most important body part to look out for (besides the head) for a hockey player is the knee. Getting a knee brace that works for you before you have sustained a long-term injury is essential in defining a long-lasting hockey-playing career, whether as an amateur or a professional. Other areas to consider include the ankles for Achilles tendon support, as well as the back and wrists.