When it comes to being a hockey player, the equipment you wear is essential to prevent injury and keep you safe. Although each and every hockey player wears a lot of protective gear, nothing is more important to their safety as ice hockey helmets are. Head injuries are becoming more and more common in the game of hockey, and there are precautions that you need to take if you want to play ice hockey while limiting your risk of serious injury. Buying the right ice hockey helmet with quality padding inside is the first step, but there are definitely a few more steps that you can take if you would like to decrease your chances of getting a head injury.
Not only should you protect your head by wearing quality ice hockey helmets, you should also protect your head and your face by wearing some sort of face protection. Whether it be a half shield or a cage, you should definitely have something to protect your eyes from uncontrollable sticks and pucks that are head high. While children do not have a choice and have to wear a full face mask with their ice hockey helmet, adult hockey players have the choice of whether or not to wear any type of face protection. To me this is a no brainer, I do not care how much grief I get from opposing players about wearing a mask I want to avoid the pain and the cost of having an injury to my face while playing hockey.
Another common mistake that I see from a lot of hockey players when they buy a new ice hockey helmet is the fact that they immediately remove the ear guards from their helmets right after they get them. This doesn’t make much sense because you really can not feel the ear guards and they do not get in your way or distract you, the only thing they are there for is to add some extra protection to another important part of your head. Several professional hockey players are starting to keep the ear protection on their helmets in tact to prevent injuries to their own ears, it just makes sense.
While ice hockey helmets do a good job of preventing concussions, in order to drastically reduce your chances of getting a concussion with a hockey helmet on is to wear a good mouth guard. Many concussions that happen today are not a result of a helmet that is not protective enough, rather they happen because the player was not wearing a mouth guard which in turn allowed the smashing of their top and bottom teeth and jaws to cause the concussion. Mouth guards are essential to preventing or limiting the chances of head injuries that are becoming more and more common with each passing year.