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Health Information For Teens
The nonstop action and high-speed team play of hockey makes is a very popular sport. As fun as it is, though, hockey carries a very real risk of injury. To stay as safe as possible, follow these tips.
Before playing hockey, it’s very important to get all the right equipment and make sure you know how to put it on and use it correctly. Skates and a helmet are a good start, but there’s a lot more you’ll need to wear.
Hockey players need:
Hockey goalies need a whole different set of equipment to keep themselves safe. They need a helmet, skates, neck protector, and athletic cup made for goalies. In addition, goalies should always wear:
Players need to be comfortable on the ice before they can learn hockey skills. Take some skating lessons and practice how to stop, turn, fall, and get up from a fall. It’s also helpful to know how to skate backward and to stop and turn while skating backward.
When you’re ready for the ice, choose a team, league, and coach who emphasize safe, fair play. Find out whether the league allows checking. Checking is colliding with another player on purpose.
The coach should be at all practices and games, insist all players use the right protective gear, and enforce all league safety rules. General safety rules include:
To prevent injuries during practice, players should:
During games, players should:
Playing hard doesn’t have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.
There’s a lot to love about skiing, but it can also present some very real dangers. Follow these tips to stay safe on the slopes.
Sledding is a lot of fun, but can also cause injuries, some of them pretty serious. To keep yourself safe while sledding, follow these safety tips.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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