Having Trouble Finding Ice Time? We’ve Got You Covered

Hockey InjuriesThis time of year, those of us playing hockey, whether casually or as part of an organized league, know how difficult it can be to find ice-time that fits both schedule and budget. So, with this in mind, we thought we’d help you out! Here’s a great website we thought we’d share that lists all of the available ice-time in the GTA!  The site includes a list of arenas and their costs. Once you’ve determined the time-slot and rink that best suits your needs, you can then buy that ice time online – easy as 1-2-3! The site also makes it easier for minor league teams to organize and manage bookings. You’re welcome :-)! Here’s the site link: www.findicetime.com.

Ok, so now that you’re set with the time and place, let’s talk a little bit about what can happen once you hit the ice! Yes, we’re talking about those common hockey injuries that plague players no matter their level of skill or play.

Most common hockey injuries include:

–        Concussion – Even with helmets, concussions are still fairly common in hockey (although the frequency is decreasing).  You don’t need to get knocked out cold to suffer a concussion. A hart hit to the head or a slam against the boards can cause a concussion too. Make sure that you know the symptoms of a concussion and seek out concussion treatment if you have any doubt.

–        Back injuries – Hyperextension that is commonplace in the arena can lead to avoidable back injuries. Avoid these by stretching and strengthening your core and lower back muscles.

–        Shoulder and elbow injuries – A contact-sport like hockey invites these kinds of injuries. Shoulder separations or broken collarbones can necessitate surgery, but sometimes non-surgical treatment can also be effective.

–        Hip injuries – Soft tissue injuries in the lower part of the body, such as a groin sprain, can be tough. Taking time-out to recoup may be essential.

–        Knee injuries – Hockey can be a killer when it comes to the knees – although the risk to hockey players is lower than with most other team sports. The way players stride along the ice, especially assertively, can lead to medial collateral ligament damage.

Is surgery the only answer to most of these injuries? Certainly not. Many of them can be treated effectively with non-surgical treatment such as massage or physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment, viscosupplementation injections.  Even custom bracing can make a major difference.

This hockey season, don’t let a hockey injury or difficulties finding rink time keep you off of the ice! AESM has you covered. Contact us today at 1 (416) 800-0800.