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Believe it or not, field hockey has been around longer than most sports on this planet. It is believed to date back about 4,000 years ago. It’s modernized version came to the United States in 1901 as a strictly women’s only sport, as it is still today. Field hockey has since become extremely popular in North America particularly at the high school and collegiate level. It is considered a non contact sport but it is increasingly becoming more and more physical. Due to the increased physicality, injuries internally and externally have been on the rise. To stay safe during the field hockey season make sure you follow these simple tips.
5 Tips for Field Hockey Safety this Season
1) Wear Proper Protective Gear
Field hockey players need to wear the right gear to protect themselves on the field. Before any game or practice, make sure you are wearing protective gloves, goggles, shin guards or rash guards, mouth guards and the appropriate footwear. For goalies, make sure you have the proper chest and body protection, leg guards, goalie helmet, mouth guard, goalkeeping pants and appropriate footwear for your position.
2) Prepare in the Offseason
The offseason is just as, if not more, important than the regular season. You can help prevent being injured and keep yourself safe during the field hockey season by staying in shape during the offseason. A regular workout schedule and a healthy consistent diet can have you in perfect playing shape by opening day. Additionally, make sure you consistently stretch to keep your body loose and prevent further injuries.
3) Knowledge of Field Hockey Rules
Knowing the rules of the game makes for a safer playing experience. Following and understanding the rules of field hockey will help prevent other players from getting hurt and prevent you from making simple mistakes. Also, be aware of your surroundings at all times, such as the positioning of your teammates and your opponents to avoid collisions. You should also be using the proper techniques you learned from your coach especially when stickhandling, tackling and shooting.
4) Proper Medical Attention
During practice or a game, make sure you always have first aid available to you. Always be prepared for an emergency at all times just in case something goes wrong at your practice or game. If you feel like you are injured or something isn’t right, listen to your body and go straight to your coach. Proper medical attention and readiness can help with serious conditions, such as concussions, fractures and/or dislocations.
5) Clean Your Field Hockey Gear
Making sure you clean your gear is the most important step to a safe and successful field hockey season. People underestimate just how important it is to keep your shin guards, gloves, shoes and other pieces of equipment clean throughout the season. At Clear Gear, we specialize in cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing protective safety equipment. Our Clear Gear Sports Spray will help protect your field hockey equipment against viruses and germs that can travel through your gear and into your skin. To avoid serious illnesses associated with dirty equipment, make sure you get our Clear Gear athlete package to make your field hockey season safe. If you would like to learn more about our products, please contact us today!