Every parent’s worst nightmare is for their child to be hurt while playing hockey. Injuries and accidents do sometimes happen, but more often than not, they can be prevented with a little caution.
For example, concussions, which are head injuries, sometimes happen. They can happen when a player takes a fall or gets hit in the head with a puck. Having and always wearing a well-fitting helmet can guard against these injuries. Furthermore, parents and coaches should allow a child to rest after a head injury and should be watchful for the signs of a concussion, such as headaches, sleepiness, and feeling “out of it.”
For general injuries, you want to avoid teaching your child to “play through pain.” We’ve all said things like, “no pain, no gain,” to our children, but that’s really not a good thing to teach. Encourage your child to come to you or a coach if any pain is experienced. Sometimes, the pain might mean nothing, but if it is indicative of a serious injury, someone needs to know.
Safety gear and proper playing techniques go a long way in preventing hockey injuries. Always make sure your child wears all required equipment on the ice and have him or her evaluated by a physician prior to each season’s start and during the season as well. While accidents do occur, being prepared is the best prevention.