Accidents in Pro Sports

Essay by Jim3University, Bachelor'sA-, February 1997

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Accidents can and do happen anywhere, anytime to anyone. This statement is very true when dealing with a physical contact sport like hockey. There is a certain amount of risk involved in playing any sport. When an injury occurs, it inflicts tremendous hardship on the injured person, the team and the parents as well. Hockey is a very popular and fun game to play (it is now considered Canada's national sport, along with lacrosse) but it can also be very dangerous. As players become better educated about hockey injuries and play by the rules the game will be even more fun to play. This paper will discuss the importance of common and catastrophic injuries, protective equipment, an indepth analysis report, the role of a coach and personal related hockey injuries.


During the hockey season a person's body ends up getting bruised, injured and banged around.

A hockey injury report done by the International Hockey Centre of Excellence has statistics on the most common hockey injuries and how they occured. the most common injuries are to the shoulder, knee and the head.

Injury to the shoulder is the most common hockey injury in the game today because of the physcial contact. Of the injuries reported in the 1993-1994 hockey season, 12% of those were shoulder related. Injury to the acromio-clavicular joint was the most frequent because of the bodychecking. Every time a player steps on the ice, he is constantly being pounded into the boards, shoulder first. The glenohumeral was often being injuried mainly from fighting and accidental contact. Hockey manufactures are constantly trying to improve shoulder pads so this injury will not happen.

The knee followed closely behind the shoulder being injured 11% of the time. A knee injury is very...