Preventing Injury While Playing Hockey

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Preventing Injury While Playing Hockey

Some people might recall the glory days of professional hockey when players did not wear helmets. Back then, goalies wore little more than a thin face shield, if anything at all. This is why there were so many broken noses as well as broken teeth, and severe injuries. Today the addition of new equipment has helped to reduce many of these injuries. For example, the “Tuuk blade” which offers a plastic holder. This has reduced many injuries due to the blade breakage. All of the companies that manufacture hockey equipment today are constantly looking for better ways to increase safety.

The manufacturers of hockey equipment have helped to improve the safety issues players face. The helmets and face masks, which are now mandatory, have probably made the most impact. These two pieces of equipment have tremendously reduced the injuries above the shoulder. The face mask has nearly eliminated blinding eye injuries. Many injuries to the face and eyes have also been reduced significantly. The helmet has reduced many soft tissue damages to the covered areas of the head. There is no doubt that there is better protection needed for the neck in order to reduce accidents resulting in injury to the spinal cord.

Most coaches will agree that aside from the necessary equipment there are other important factors needed in order to reduce injury. These include player awareness, coaching techniques, playing rules, and equipment standards. One of the biggest defense techniques, in order to reduce injury is for players to learn how to properly “check” other players as well as learn how to be given a check. Many injuries happen today because of improper or illegal checking. Injuries generally take place in the knees, shoulders, and wrist.

Parents are always concerned that their son or daughter might be injured while playing hockey. There are some precautions parents can take in order to prevent injuries to their child or young adult. One of the best things a parent can do when buying equipment, is to purchase equipment that provides the appropriate amount of protection based on their child’s level of play. When making different purchases you need to be certain that each piece of equipment fits properly. Parents should only purchase helmets and face masks that are H.E.C.C. certified. Parents should also look into USA Hockey’s insurance coverage as well as make certain that their child’s hockey club has a first aid and injury prevention program. Finally, every player needs to always play the game the way it is meant to be played.

This article was provided by the New Jersey medical malpractice attorneys at Andres & Berger, P.C.

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How to Hit Better with Your Golf Club

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Who doesn’t know Tiger Woods? He is one of the most popular names when it comes to golf. Aside from natural skills that he possesses and the years of training to perfect his sway and hit the ball, another thing that he perfected through time is using golf equipments, which is very important in the sense that you have to know how to deal with the things that you are using. You might have an idea of how to use it, but do you have the skill to use it properly? The skill might have something to do with the genes or with constant training, which is somehow hard to control. But what you can do is to properly choose the equipment that you are using and be familiar with it.

Golf club and golf balls are the two things that you need to have in order to play one. Of course you need to have a place to practice on.

Choosing the right golf club is very important especially if you are a beginner. People that are starting to play golf must understand that in this point of time you don’t need to have all the equipment or kinds of golf clubs that a pro would use. There are various clubs that are being sold on the market. You have to  know which can be useful to you and which one should be reserved when you are about to be a pro in the game. Before you could play one you need to have a set of golf clubs to use. A standard set would consist of 3 woods, 10 irons and a putter in various configurations. The question that you have to ask yourself is whether all of these things are useful for you or you are just wasting money. When purchasing a golf club, it is advisable that you read golf club reviews. Not only will it give you certain tips in buying one, but also golf club reviews could give you an idea on which one to use and which type to buy. They are not strict rules, but they could be very useful especially when you are just starting to explore the world of golf.

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