Players can often suffer injuries to the head, shoulders, elbows, wrists, back, hips, and knees – but luckily a lot of these injuries are preventable. Here are just a few common injuries, and how to prevent them.

Hip strain and pulled groin

Due to how you move while you skate, your hips and groin are very susceptible to injury. You can strengthen these areas though (especially in the off-season) by doing deadlifts, squats, and planks. Proper stretching before and after play will also help out, so dedicate the time to help avoid these injuries.

Separated shoulder and other shoulder injuries

Whether it’s from contact with the boards, the ice, or another player, shoulder injuries are one of the most common hockey injuries. To toughen up this area, basic strength exercises like military presses and holding a pushup position will do the trick.

Wrist injuries

When you fall with your arms outstretched, or hit the boards, you potentially force your wrist up or down – which can lead to fractures and other injuries. Bracing yourself with your forearms rather than your hands is the best thing you can do to prevent these types of injuries.

Some people say it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” you get injured, but with just a few preventative measures, you can definitely reduce your chances. So use your off-season time to strengthen a few key areas, and you’ll be well prepared to hit the ice injury free next season!