The Most Common Sports Injuries In The NHL
The game of hockey in the NHL has been getting faster and faster. Better nutrition and training has heightened the stakes for pro hockey players since the early 1900’s. The players themselves have heightened, too: since 1918, the average NHL hockey player has grown 4 inches, standing at 6 foot 1, according to hockeynews.com.
But with fast comes fury. NHL players have less time to react on the ice and actual physical contact is becoming harder and harder. Regardless of what team you cheer for—and despite the ever-changing rules to protect against injury—the odds are you’ve seen some serious injuries on your team. Here are the most common injuries in the game today.
Concussions – Unfortunately and especially for Ottawa Senators fans, we’ve seen tons of concussions over the years. They’re most typically caused by striking the boards head first, coming in contact with another player or hitting the ice with your head. Regardless, concussions are extremely dangerous and they take a long time to heal.
MCL Injury – Medial collateral ligaments (MCL) see many injuries in the NHL. It’s the ligament on the inner part of your knee and they can be stretched after contact on the outside of the knee. These will usually knock off 2-4 weeks of hockey play.
Ankle Sprain – With the speed of the game today, it’s very easy to get an ankle sprain. It’s most typically self-inflicted—caused by changing direction quickly on the ice.
Separated Shoulder – Players make hits with their shoulders first. If you’re coming in with speed and are about to hit a player, your shoulder takes the weight of that person if it’s an open ice hit, making it very easy to suffer a separated shoulder. Typically, players will use a sling to help with the healing process, but this will vary depending on how serious the separation is.
Hamstring Pull/Groin Injury – These injuries often look quite weird upon seeing them occur. They’re caused by a sudden force that your body can’t handle or isn’t prepared for. Players stretch before playing to prevent these types of injuries.