Chiropractic For Preventing Hockey Injuries

By Dr. Ravin Sodhi, D.C.

PUBLISHED ON November 6, 2021

Whether you are a professional hockey player, an amateur, or just want to play for fun, there are high chances of getting injured. Hockey players often hit the ice and experience knee injuries, back injuries, shoulder dislocation, and sprains. It becomes immensely vital to enlighten yourself of the common cures and prevention if you are involved in sports.

Chiropractic care is a medical concept that involves diagnosing, treating, and preventing sports injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. Let us step on it.

What Are The Common Injuries Associated With Hockey?

While playing hockey, players often fall on the ice and get hurt. The more time you spend on the ice, the longer the recovery period. For beginners or small leagues, it takes less time to recover as they are fresh and have less repetitive body movement.

But when it comes to professional hockey players, things can get tough as they have been on ice for a longer time, where they experience repetitive injuries and strains. This can hinder a player’s performance to a great extent.

All the players on the ice are prone to injuries. However, the injuries differ from player to player as their movements aren’t the same. For example, a goalie will not have the same injuries as a winger. Mentioned below are some common injuries different hockey players come across:

1 – Defensemen

They are repeatedly hit, bounced, or jarred into boards; they experience shoulder and collarbone injuries.

2 – Goalies

They often drop to the ground hitting their knees, thus facing hip, knee, groin injuries, and strains.

3 – Forwards

They experience direct ice hits and change their movement at high speed, thereby injuring their backs, knees and hips.

How Does Chiropractic Help In Preventing Ice Injuries

Chiropractic is a drug-free, safe and non-invasive method that can help spinal alignment and prevent neck, knee, ankle, shoulder, and back injuries. It is a natural way of dealing with sports injuries. It can heal overworked muscles and improve muscle imbalances.

Your chiropractor will diagnose your body for repetitive strains and overworked muscles, after which they will treat them with effective exercises and body movements. Examining repetitive strains is crucial before they turn into a full-blown injury. Chiropractic helps in restoration, prevention, and strength building thus, enhancing performance.

Some Exercises For Preventing Injuries On The Ice

Since sports and injuries go hand in hand, it is important to learn ways by which you can avoid injuries or at least decrease the impact. By performing the exercises mentioned below, you can reduce the risk of injuries on the ice. These exercises will help your muscle loosen and also track the potential problems. Here are some exercises:

  • Bear crawl
  • Knees to chest
  • Deep squats
  • Wall bend
  • Dead bug
  • Downward dog

A Quick Wrap Up

Chiropractic can reconstruct your muscles and help in building strength which will eventually result in a better performance. If you feel discomfort while stretching a particular muscle, it might be a sign of a looming problem. Your chiropractor can help you with efficient injury management and recovery strategies. Call (905) 458-6677 to book your appointment.

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