How Do I Avoid Injury After Playing Hockey?

Injury Tip by:
DAVID BURNETT , BScH, MScPT
Registered Physiotherapist

After a game or training session, cool down by gradually reducing the intensity of your skating on ice, or by walking or cycling on an exercise bike off ice, for about 5 minutes to allow the body and the cardiovascular system to gradually return to its resting state. A cool down allows waste such as lactic acid that has built up during exercise to dissipate and may reduce your chance of having Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). Follow with static stretching directly after a short cool down before the muscles have cooled completely. Stretches should be held for approximately 60 seconds – you should feel a “stretch” and not pain.

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