The Commonly Injured Hockey Player: Diagnosis, treatment and prevention
Some of the more commonly injured athletes that we see in the clinic are hockey players. We treat hockey players from all levels of hockey. Even this morning, I had three players from the Western Hockey League in the office from three different teams, yet they all presented the same issues. Hockey players are built big, strong, fast, BUT not flexible. All hockey players have very strong glute muscles and quadricep muscles, yet they all present to the office with tight hip flexors, hamstrings and a lack of mobility. This is where the problem begins.
A strong skating stride demands excessive amounts of strength from the legs, mostly derived from our glutes and quadriceps. Because of this, we train these muscle groups hard in the off-season. Once these muscle groups become strong they tend to overpower smaller muscle groups. As a result, our hip flexors and hamstrings become overloaded and get extremely tight. Because of this lack of flexibility in these two muscle groups, hockey players have limited their flexibility and set up a system bound for injury. I see this at all levels of hockey and at our clinic we have started addressing this issue so that we are not limiting their potential as athletes
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