Hockey is a popular sport and form of physical activity among many Canadians. Whether you participate at a high level or just enjoy playing for fun on the weekends, you always aim to perform at your best. Preparing your body and staying injury free is an important part of that. Here are some quick tips to help you keep performing at your best and feeling great!
1 – ON ICE WARM UP
Make sure to warm up with dynamic (movement-based) exercises. Get your heart rate up by skating around, shooting, and passing. This prepares your muscles to quickly respond and react during a fast-paced game of hockey.
2 – POST-GAME STRETCHING
Remember to stretch your muscles after the game! Forgetting to do so may cause your muscles to tighten up and restrict range of motion. Proper stretching involves holding each stretch for about 5-10 seconds, and only going as far as your limit will let you. Don’t push yourself too far, stretching should still feel comfortable.
3 – STABILIZE YOUR CORE
Having a stable core is very important! A strong core supports your spine during all movements, including those important when playing hockey like skating, shooting, and passing. A strong core is the foundation of general strength and injury prevention.
4 – EAT A HEALTHY & BALANCED DIET
Proper nutrition is important to keep your body healthy and performing at its best. Your muscles work best when they are hydrated and have excess sources of energy.
5 – VISIT A CHIROPRACTOR
Whether you have an injury or simply looking to improve your overall health, wellness, and performance, chiropractors are here to help! We specialize in joints, muscles, and nerves, working with our patients to achieve optimal performance and function.
For specific advice and before participating in physical activity, consult a registered health professional. Dr. Elysse Pilon is accepting new patients and would be happy to discuss any of your healthcare needs.
Author: Dr. Elysse Pilon, B.A. Kin (Hons), D.C., C.Ac
Chiropractor | Acupuncture Provider | Paediatrics | Custom Orthotics
Please note that this is for educational purposes only and not intended as specific medical advice. If you have any questions or concerns make sure to consult one of our knowledgeable health practitioners at Lawrence Park Health Clinic.