Hockey is a popular sport in America. While it cannot compete with football or baseball, many people in the country not only watch this sport, they engage in gameplay as often as possible. However, individuals need to take care when playing, as injuries are common. Numerous joints are at risk of being injured, with the shoulder and knee being very vulnerable. Fortunately, with the help of Mueller braces and supports, people can reduce their risk of being hurt, so they don’t have to miss a game or practice.
Hockey is hard on the shoulders, especially the acromioclavicular joint. This is the area of the body when the front of the shoulder blade and the collarbone are connected. When the ligaments of this joint are injured, it is referred to as an AC joint sprain and the injury is often a result of a fall. However, a person may injure these ligaments when they collide with an opponent during a scrimmage or game. Following this injury, the player may find he or she needs to make use of Mueller braces and supports to tape or brace the ligaments and prevent further injury. However, in some cases, a sling or surgery may be required.
The medial collateral ligament is found on the inner portion of the knee joint and connects the shin and thigh bones. When this ligament is injured, it is typically referred to as a sprain, and the injury often arises from the knee being twisted during practice or a game. This may occur when the player turns and the skate doesn’t or when an opponent’s knee connects with the player’s knee.
The injury is usually caused in one of two ways. In a collision the medial ligament can be damaged when an opponent applies a force (usually from their knee) to the outside aspect of the leg, just above the knee. Alternatively, the medial ligament can be damaged if the skate gets caught and the player tries to turn to the side, away from the planted leg. Knee braces help to provide additional stability for the joint to reduce the risk of these types of injury occurring.
Knee and shoulder injuries aren’t the only two types seen in hockey. High ankle sprains have been reported and groin strains are not unheard of. Helmets are of great help in minimizing the risk of a concussion, but these injuries do occur, and players should always wear mouth guards. While hockey is an excellent way to get physical activity and have fund when doing so, players need to take care to protect their body. The braces and supports are of great assistance in achieving this goal. Check out the wide range of products today to find those that are right for you.