If you pay any attention to reports from pro hockey teams, you’ll know that officially there are only two kinds of injuries. Players can either have a lower or upper body injury. Teams generally avoid providing a lot of information about the exact nature of a player’s ailment because they don’t want defensemen on the other side to start targeting specific areas with a shoulder or stick. Regardless, if you’ve ever been hurt on the ice, you know exactly where the pain is. The term “upper body” covers a lot of territory — including your head, arms and abdomen. Being injured anywhere can keep you off the ice and lead to problems later in life.
That’s why it’s important for hockey players at all levels to do everything in their power to prevent upper body injuries. With the right equipment and some preparation, you can stay healthy. For example, your teeth are at risk every time you lace your skates. Wearing a custom-fitted mouth guard and proper facial protection can shield your face and teeth.
Being prepared is the key to staying on the ice for as long as possible. For more information about common upper body injuries and how to avoid them, see the accompanying infographic from Pro Stock Hockey: