It is that time of year when the pond freezes over and the excitement builds for Canada’s greatest game. But if you have kids in a hockey league, or maybe you need a refresher yourself, there are some key activities you should be doing to keep injury on the other side of the arena door.
 
Here are our 5 Ways To Skate Clear Of Hockey Injury
 
PLAY FAIR
 
Showing respect for the opponent goes a long way in terms of avoiding unnecessary injuries.
 
GET FIT
 
Don’t just play hockey to get fit. Instead, get fit to play hockey. As hockey great Steve Larmer advises: “A physical fit athlete is less prone to injury”.
 
BE ON TOP OF YOUR GAME
 
Remember fitness is much more than just physical activity. To be on top of your game, make sure you are getting enough rest, eating the right foods and drinking plenty of fluids.
 
WARM UP
 
After you warm up, perform a stretching routine (see below). Make sure that your stretching is done slowly, without bouncing, and does not produce any discomfort.
 
ICE STRETCHING
 
Do some ice stretches (see below). Also do some accelerations, stops and starts, as well as agility and cross over exercises before your game or practice.