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Regardless of the level of a young hockey player or team, wearing appropriate protective equipment is the best defense against injury. Find out if you’re doing the right things to keep the hockey player in your life safe.
Simply wearing the right equipment has dramatically reduced the risk of eye and dental injuries, concussions, and lacerations (cuts), which are commonly associated with ice hockey.
Goalies should wear proper goalie gear with a proper helmet and mask with a mouth guard, shoulder pads, pants and shin/leg pads, as well as a glove and blocker.
If you or your child has any of these injuries and would like further information or an appointment at Children’s Colorado, we have a team of sports medicine specialists with expertise in getting young athletes back on the ice. Call us at 720-777-3899.
Protective equipment is the first step to keeping young players safe, but good early coaching also helps prevent injuries.
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Written by: Jason Rhodes, MD, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Rhodes is also a hockey player.