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With the success of the GB Hockey women's team at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the popularity of the sport has seen a dramatic increase in participants during the following years.
If you're new to Hockey or 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.
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's a couple of products to get the job done quickly and easily.
Stericlens Sterile Saline Spray - Versatile topical irrigation and wound cleansing system. Its narrow spray is designed to help remove debris and bacterial matter without touching the wound.
Wound Cleansing Wipes - Sterile and alcohol-free, antiseptic wound wipes are a more hygienic way to deal with scrapes than the traditional bucket and sponge.
Primapore Dressing Pads - Conformable adhesive dressing with a breathable non-woven top layer. Low adherent wound contact layer helps to minimise disruption to underlying tissue.
Easigrip Dressing - Tubular bandage, perfect to wear around ankles then simply roll over the knee or affected area if you suffer an astroturf burn.
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's a few items that are useful to treat facial injuries.
Nasal Sponges - Great to stem blood from nosebleeds. Simply give a quick smear with petroleum jelly to help slide into a player’s nostrils.
PowerFlex AFD Bandage - 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 treatment to aid recovery will prove beneficial.
Ice Packs - Great for pain relief and ideal for reducing swelling and inflammation following injury.
Cold Gel - Easy to use and safe for everyone, our ice gels are simple to apply and last for hours so you only need to apply a few times a day. Great for pain relief on-the-go when an ice pack is not convenient.
Arnica Gel - Contains nutritive ingredients which care for the skin, Made from extracts of freshly harvested Arnica, which is well known for its beneficial effects.
Kinesiology Tape - 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 with even the latest technology. Hockey is an extremely demanding sport on 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.
Shock Absorbing Insoles - Provides maximum cushioning for greater comfort on the hockey pitch. Triple-density gel design absorbs impact and shock where your feet need it most.
Silipos Digital Toe Caps - Shock absorbers for toes, these soft, comfortable, gel toe caps relieve pressure and friction to help prevent turf toe and toe pain on astroturf.
Blister Plasters - Hydrocolloid dressing to provide a quick solution to ease the pain and help the blister healing process.
Moji Ice Foot Massager - a fantastic foot massage device to help relieve pain and is great for Plantar Fasciitis. Place in the freezer & enjoy an ice massage!
The nature of hockey means that the body is held in various positions that are not a regular part of the human bodys' 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 so much of the discomfort.
Pain Relief Gel - With our range of heat, cold and pain relief products, you'll find the perfect solution to get back on the hockey pitch.
Foam Rollers - extremely reliable and functional tool that can be used for myofascial self-massage for pain-relief and help rehabilitation.
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 the head physios we've put together the ultimate kit, so you can provide your team with the very best in sports healthcare provision.
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.