Field hockey is literally one of the oldest sports in existence. Evidence of this can be found on a 4,000 year old wall in Egypt inside the tomb of Kheti. There are actual representations of players with a stick like apparatus and a ball. The more modernized version of field hockey was developed much later in England some time during the mid-19th century and was later exported to the U.S. strictly as a women’s sport in 1901. Field hockey is wildly popular in North America with over 5000 women competing just at the collegiate level every year. Over the years, the pace of the game has quickened and has become decidedly more physical. Interestingly, field hockey is considered a non-contact sport, but this recent increase in contact has brought an equally significant increase in injuries both internal and external. Besides contact with one another, other acute injuries can result from contact with sticks or the ball, as well as from the ground or goal cage. Consider the damage that a field hockey ball can cause: when struck forcefully, it can travel up to 100 miles per hour and that is more than capable of leaving a gaping gash in someone.
The most serious injuries in field hockey are the result of being struck with a stick or the ball. These injuries can be very serious and leave the victim battered, bloody and even permanently injured.
It’s fairly difficult to quantify injuries sustained in field hockey because of their high frequency. One thing is for sure and that is with all the cuts and wounds there is plenty of blood and sweat to go around putting other people at risk for contracting infectious illnesses. Of course this is bad news for field hockey players but good news for infectious illnesses like the Herpes simplex virus, Staph and MRSA. Not keeping yourself safe and protected from viruses and germs like these is bad for your health and your love of field hockey.
While protective gear is worn in field hockey, the body can still be pretty badly beaten. At any given time during a field hockey game, there is sure to be blood, sweat or saliva found on players and their gear. Even the smallest opening in the skin, cut, abrasion or lesion can serve as a perfect portal of entry for a difficult to treat infection like MRSA or Staph.
The following are some suggestions to help stop the spread of infectious illnesses and diseases in field hockey: