As part of our ongoing series of tips from the Ottawa High Performance Centre, we're bringing you tip number six!

This one is provided by Tony Carbonette, an Athletic Therapist and the Owner of the Ottawa High Performance Centre.

One big component of injury prevention that is commonly overlooked is equipment.  Make sure your equipment is functional, fits correctly, and is not broken.

Your helmet needs to fit properly for it to save your skull.  Shin pads and elbow pads to to be secure and functional to protect you from a fall or shot. Make sure your skates are well maintained and sharpened regularly to prevent unexpected spills. 

Take care of your equipment and make sure it's functional and fits properly.  A simple and effective strategy to help prevent unexpected injuries.