Hockey is an exciting sport that involves speed, power, and athletic ability. Since there’s so much physical contact, hockey is also a sport that involves a lot of injuries. One of the most severe injuries in hockey is a concussion. Traumatic brain injuries in hockey players occur when a player hits his head hard enough to cause the brain to spin in the direction opposite from the impact.


The ways these injuries happen are by an intentional hit to a players’ head. This type of hit occurs more than blows to the body and can be avoided by keeping fists, shoulders, and elbows down lower and trying to avoid contact with the head whenever possible.


Baseline tests for concussions and concussion protocol should always be in place. Players are at higher risk for body checks if they aren’t aware of what’s going on around them. When a player is looking the wrong way, they aren’t prepared for a body check. A hit from behind also makes a player more susceptible to an injury.


Hitting another player from behind can cause a concussion when the player isn’t expecting a hit. A back hit can cause a collision with the boards or cause a type of whiplash. Fights and a stick or puck to the head or face can cause a concussion but don’t happen as frequently.


Not all hockey concussions are preventable, but steps can be taken to ensure fewer players suffer from severe head injuries. Wearing a helmet that fits properly can make a difference. If the helmet doesn’t fit right, it won’t provide the protection a player needs.


A player should consider the position they play. Forwards are more likely to suffer concussions than other players. Forwards spend more time on the ice, have the puck more often, and usually skate faster than other players.


When players are practicing, they can use prevention techniques of playing that can minimize the risk of serious injuries, especially concussions. When players practice prevention during practice, they’re more likely to utilize these techniques in games. If a player is about to be hit, he can brace for the impact and is less likely to have an injury.


Coaches and referees have to be more diligent about enforcing the rules of the game. The referee doesn’t call some plays a penalty. When a concussion is a result, the offending player should be penalized.