Top 5 pieces of hockey safety gear you need
Whether you're a hockey pro or first-timer, here's what you need to know to make sure you have everything you need to stay safe on the ice.
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Hockey is a fun sport, but it also poses a risk of serious injury. That’s why it’s important to have the proper gear before you hit the ice.
Protect your noggin’
Helmets are essential for protecting your head in case of a fall or collision. Even if it’s just a pick-up game on the local pond, a helmet can protect you from a serious concussion and head injuries that could end your playing days. It’s the most important piece of equipment, and sometimes it can be difficult to choose which one is right for you.
When in doubt, skate it out
Let’s talk about your hockey skates. If you're wondering how skates relate to safety, the right skates offer you stability, foot protection and ankle support.
There are a few things to consider when choosing hockey skates:
- Make sure the skates fit well. They should be snug but not too tight, and they should provide ample support for your ankles.
- Consider your skating level. Are you a beginner or experienced skater? If you choose the wrong skates, it can hurt your feet or ankles and possibly lead to injury.
- Your skating surface. If you’re going to be skating on rough ice, you’ll need sturdier skates than if you’re going to be skating on smooth, indoor ice.
So do your skate research to find the best option for your needs and when in doubt, skate it out. Give your new skates a test run to make sure they’re the ones for you.
Pads, pads, pads and more pads
In the sport of hockey, it’s never a bad idea to pad up. Along with helmets – shoulder , shin and elbow pads can protect you from stray pucks, collisions, falls and more. Hockey pads come in different levels of protection , so consider what level of protection you need.
Like a glove
Having the right hockey gloves is essential for both safety and performance. Hockey gloves come in a variety of styles and sizes to protect your wrists, hands and fingers from getting injured. They can also help you grip the stick better, giving you more control over the puck. Plus, they keep your hands warm!
Keep your teeth
Hockey is a tough sport. Players are constantly hitting the ice, the boards and sometimes each other. It's no wonder that mouth and dental injuries are one of the most common hockey-related injuries.
So what can you do to protect your pearly whites? Mouthguards are designed to absorb the impact of a hit and help prevent dental injuries. They can also help reduce the risk of concussions and other head injuries. While mouthguards won't make you invincible, they can give you an extra layer of protection while you're out on the ice.
There are a few different types of mouthguards available , so talk to your dentist or hockey coach and do some research to find out which type of mouthguard is best for you.
Always gear up
Hockey is a fun sport that can be dangerous, especially if you don’t have the proper protection. While it may be tempting to play without all of your gear, it’s not worth the risk of a serious injury that could sideline you for a season or more. Make sure you have the essentials before skating into the rink – and stay safe out there!