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  • Hockey Injuries

    ACL strains or tears. Broken collarbone. Concussions. MCL strains or tears. Muscle strains.

    • AC joint (shoulder)
    • ACL strains or tears.
    • Broken collarbone.
    • Concussions.
    • MCL strains or tears.
    • Muscle strains.
    • Shoulder dislocation.
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    <p><a href="">Physiotherapist</a> discusses maniscus injuries in hockey.</p>

    Physiotherapist discusses maniscus injuries in hockey.

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    <p><a href="">Physiotherapist,</a> discusses Herniated Discs in Hockey</p>

    Physiotherapist, discusses Herniated Discs in Hockey

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    <p><a href="">Sport Med, MPH,</a> PhD, discusses lacerations in <a href="">hockey.</a></p>

    Sport Med, MPH, PhD, discusses lacerations in hockey.

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    <p><a href="">Physiotherapist</a>, discusses wrist injuries in hockey.</p>

    Physiotherapist, discusses wrist injuries in hockey.

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    <p><a href="">Dentist</a> discusses Dental Mouthguards in <a href="">Hockey.</a></p>

    Dentist discusses Dental Mouthguards in Hockey.

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    <p><a href="">Orthopedic Surgeon</a> discusses PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) knee injuries</p>

    Orthopedic Surgeon discusses PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) knee injuries

  • Hockey & Shoulder Injuries

    A sports hernia, also known as athletic pubalgia or inguinal disruption, is a condition characterized by a weakening or tearing of the muscles and tendons in the lower abdominal region, particularly in the area above the groin. Unlike a typical inguinal hernia where there is an outward bulge of the abdominal organs, a sports hernia does not involve a visible hernia sac.

    The symptoms of a sports hernia typically include aching, dull pain in the lower abdomen and groin, which may radiate to the testicles in male athletes. This pain is often aggravated by activities that involve bending forward and cutting motions, such as those performed in sports like skating, soccer, and hockey.

    When an athlete suspects a sports hernia, it is important for them to seek medical attention to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other possible conditions with similar symptoms. Physiotherapy is often the first line of treatment for a sports hernia, involving a course of stretching and strengthening exercises. Wearing compression shorts or other supportive garments may also provide some relief.

    However, in many cases, surgical intervention is necessary to repair the weakened or torn tissues. If conservative measures fail to alleviate the symptoms or if the condition worsens, a referral to an orthopedic surgeon experienced in sports hernia repair may be required. The surgeon can assess the severity of the injury and recommend the appropriate surgical procedure, which may involve repairing the damaged tissues or reinforcing the abdominal wall with mesh.

    It's worth noting that medical practices and recommendations can evolve over time, so it's always important to consult with a healthcare professional for the most up-to-date information and guidance regarding the diagnosis and treatment of a sports hernia.

    Presenter: Dr. Larissa Roux, Sports Medicine Physician, Vancouver, BC

    Local Practitioners: Sports Medicine Physician

  • Wrist & Hand Injuries in Hockey

    Wrist and hand injuries are indeed common in ice hockey, often resulting from falling on an outstretched arm or experiencing impact during gameplay. One specific injury known as "skier's thumb" occurs when the ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb tears. Fractures in the wrist can also occur, sometimes going unnoticed in initial X-rays, which is why repeat X-rays are performed to identify such injuries.

    In cases of wrist and hand injuries, it is crucial to seek the expertise of a qualified physiotherapist as soon as possible. They will assess the severity of the injury and provide appropriate treatment options. This may involve using splints or wrist guards to allow for daily activities without further aggravating the injury. Immobilization may also be necessary for fractures or severe sprains to facilitate proper healing.

    The rehabilitation process begins promptly, with a focus on gradually moving the affected parts within safe limits. The physiotherapist will protect vulnerable areas while ensuring that appropriate exercises and therapies are employed to aid in optimal recovery. By following an optimal rehab program, individuals can work towards restoring function and regaining strength in the wrist and hand.

  • Dental Mouthguards in Hockey

    In hockey, the sports mouthguard is indeed an essential piece of safety equipment. There are three basic types of sports mouthguards available.

    1. Type 1: Stock Mouthguards - These are the pre-made mouthguards that you can find at sports stores. They are inexpensive but do not offer a custom fit. They are worn over the teeth and do not provide a secure fit or optimal protection. They are considered to be the least effective option.

    2. Type 2: Boil-and-Bite Mouthguards - These mouthguards are also commonly available at sports equipment stores. They are made from a thermoplastic material that can be softened in boiling water. After softening, you place them in your mouth and bite down to shape them around your teeth. While they offer a slightly better fit than stock mouthguards, they may still not provide the same level of protection as custom-fitted mouthguards.

    3. Type 3: Custom-Fitted Mouthguards - Custom-fitted sports mouthguards are considered the most effective and provide the highest level of protection. These mouthguards are made by dental professionals using a mold or impression of your teeth. The impression is used to create a stone model, and then multiple layers of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) material are laminated onto the model to create a custom-fitted mouthguard. Custom-fitted mouthguards offer advantages such as better breathability, improved speech ability, and increased comfort. They typically have a minimum thickness of 3 millimeters to protect vulnerable areas effectively.

    If you're interested in obtaining a custom-fitted sports mouthguard, it is recommended to contact your dentist. They will be able to provide you with the necessary information and guidance to get a mouthguard that fits your teeth properly and offers optimal protection during your sports activities.


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