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Most Common Ice Hockey Injuries

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Ice hockey is notorious for being a rough sport that is physically demanding. It doesn’t matter if you’re on the New Jersey Devils, in a recreational league, or simply playing for fun, hockey players often sustain many serious injuries. Here’s a look at the most common injuries ice hockey players face.


  • A concussion can occur without the loss of consciousness.
  • After forceful contact with another player or the ice or rink where the head is involved, players may report “not feeling right,” or “feeling funny.” If this is associated with a headache, the player likely has a concussion.
  • If it is suspected that a player has sustained a concussion, they must be evaluated immediately and should not continue to play. Concussions cause brain swelling.

Back Injuries

  • While skating, players’ posture is often angled forward, which places strain on the lower back.
  • Proper strengthening and stretching of the hip and back muscles can avoid lower back pain or pulled muscles.

Shoulder Injuries

  • Most commonly, hockey players experience dislocated shoulders or broken collarbones.
  • In minor cases, rest, ice, and immobilization (use of a sling) can help the shoulder heal.
  • For serious shoulder injuries, arthroscopic surgery may be required to repair a torn rotator cuff.

Elbow Injuries

  • Bursitis, a condition that develops in the elbow as a result of overuse, is commonly seem in hockey players.
  • Wearing well-fitting elbow pads can help protect the joint and reduce the risk of recurring inflammation.

Wrist Injuries

  • A player that suffers a fall or jolt into the rink guards that pushes the wrist out of its normal range of motion could result in fracture.
  • Broken wrists often require hard casts in order to heal.
  • Hockey players should use their forearms to brace themselves, rather than their hands.

Hip Injuries

  • Ice skating is the main reason hockey players suffer hip injuries.
  • Most common hip injuries include groin strain, hip flexor strain, trochanteric bursitis, and hip pointer.

Knee Injuries

  • Knee injuries are common in almost all athletes, hockey players are most susceptible to to medical collateral ligament (MCL) tears because of the leg position when pushing off from or stopping while skating.
  • Hockey players often suffer anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, and meniscus (knee cap) disruption.

Have You Suffered a Hockey-related Sports Injury? Contact Dr. Michael Gross Today to get Back in the Game

If you suffered a sports injury and need to be evaluated by an orthopedist, contact us today to schedule your appointment. You can reach our Emerson office at (201) 358-0707 or our Hackensack office at (201) 343-2277. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Read about the 10 Most Common Exercise Mistakes in BC the Magazine by Dr. Michael Gross!!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011


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Sports Nutrition: Eat to Compete & Achieve

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Follow the link to read about Sports Nutrition: Eat to Compete written by Michael L. Gross MD and featured in BC the Magazine!


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