Top 5 Tips for Hockey Injuries
With the success of the GB Hockey women's team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and most recently in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the popularity of the sport has seen a dramatic increase in participants.
If you're new to Hockey or have been playing for years, you've probably noticed there are a few injuries that are part and parcel of the game.
We've teamed up with England & GB Hockey medical team, to bring you 5 top tips on how to treat or avoid the most common Hockey injuries, so you or your players can get back to the field as quickly as possible.
1. Astroturf Burns
If you've ever had the displeasure you'll know how painful they can be. Pretty hard to avoid, an astroturf burn can seem to take ages to heal. The trick is cleaning the area well and protecting the area with a decent dressing that won't fall off easily.
Here are a couple of products to get the job done quickly and easily.
Versatile topical irrigation and wound cleansing system. Its narrow spray is designed to help remove debris and bacterial matter without touching the wound.
Sterile and alcohol-free, antiseptic wound wipes are a more hygienic way to deal with scrapes than the traditional bucket and sponge.
Conformable adhesive dressing with a breathable non-woven top layer. Low adherent wound contact layer helps to minimise disruption to underlying tissue.
Tubular bandages are perfect to wear around ankles then simply roll over the knee or affected area if you suffer an astroturf burn.
2. Facial Injuries
With the pace of the game, accidental contact with a ball or a hockey stick may result in injury to the face. Most of the facial injuries are minor cuts and bruises that can quickly and easily be patched up so the player can get back to action.
To reduce discomfort for the player here are a few items that are useful to treat facial injuries.
Great to stem the blood from nosebleeds. Simply give a quick smear with petroleum jelly to help slide into a player’s nostrils.
An all-in-one wound management system. Quick and easy to apply and stops bleeding almost immediately by allowing fluid to be absorbed into the foam dressing.
Bruising is extremely prevalent in hockey, especially when a hockey stick or ball comes into contact with a player. Another painful one to deal with, so making sure the player is treated quickly to help reduce pain and following up with a treatment to aid recovery will prove beneficial.
Great for pain relief and ideal for reducing swelling and inflammation following injury.
Easy to use and safe for everyone, our ice gels are simple to apply and last for hours so you only need to apply them a few times a day. Great for pain relief on the go when an ice pack is not convenient.
Contains nutritive ingredients which care for the skin. Made from extracts of freshly harvested Arnica, which is well known for its beneficial effects.
Used by professionals, Kinesiology Tape is a rehabilitation tape designed to enhance the body’s natural healing process whilst offering muscle and joint support and stability.
Hockey trainers have seen significant improvements over recent years to help look after the feet. However, there's only so much they can do, even with the latest technology. Hockey is an extremely demanding sport on the feet, quick bursts of sprint speed, sudden stops, twists and turns all contribute to foot aches and pain.
We've been looking after elite players for over 20 years now and have some fantastic tips to help keep your feet in top condition and pain-free.
Having insoles that provide maximum protection and support on the pitch is really important. We have a great selection of insoles designed to absorb impact and shock where your feet need it most.
Shock absorbers for toes, these soft, comfortable, gel toe caps relieve pressure and friction to help prevent turf toe and toe pain on astroturf.
Hydrocolloid dressing provides a quick solution to ease the pain and help the blister healing process.
Simple but effective massage balls designed for rolling out tightness and promoting flexibility in the arch and forefoot. Great for alleviating conditions like plantar fasciitis.
5. Overuse Injuries
The nature of hockey means that the body is held in various positions that are not a regular part of the human body's usual daily activities. It's this demand on the body that can cause overuse injuries. Stooping low with the hockey stick can cause lower back pain, plus other repetitive activity and overuse can cause chronic injuries such as tendinitis of the hip, knee or ankle and even stress fractures.
Our products can help to alleviate pain and aid recovery so players can enjoy hockey without too much discomfort.
First Aid Kits
If you're looking for a First Aid Kit for your team that features all the essentials to manage Hockey injuries then check out our Hockey First Aid Kits - Approved by GB Hockey. Many of the items mentioned in this guide are included so you can be well prepared.
As the Official Sports First Aid Products Supplier to England & GB Hockey, Physique has collaborated with their medical team to bring you dedicated Sports First Aid Kits designed specifically for Hockey.
Working closely with their head physios we've put together three kits that are all approved by GB Hockey, so you can provide your team with the very best in sports healthcare provision.
Featuring all the first aid essentials England & GB Hockey physios use on the elite players.
Designed for Minis and Junior Hockey teams to provide the essentials to manage injuries during their matches and training.
A compact first aid kit, packed with frequently used essentials to help manage sports injuries.
We hope you find this Top 5 Tips guide to Hockey Injuries helpful. If you like what you've read and think any other Hockey players or teams will also find it useful please share with them. For information on Hockey Injuries please take a look at our Common Hockey Injuries Guide