To say that hockey is popular in Canada is an understatement as it is more than a sport; it’s a national passion. Unfortunately, that passion is in danger of being extinguished as a growing number of parents forbid their kids to join the minor leagues for fear of serious injury. According to The Globe and Mail, the upcoming 2014-2015 season is short by at least 5,600 hockey players. Head concussions are the most feared injuries not only because they lead to brain damage but also because they’re very difficult to detect:
Even with heightened awareness, it is still difficult to determine the exact incidence of concussion. Parents have to fill out an injury report for a player who is hurt during team activities, a copy is kept by the league, and if a player has a concussion, he can’t return to the ice until cleared by a doctor.
It’s a well-intended system, but not foolproof.
“Concussions are, as you can imagine, tough to track as many occur at the local levels and do not necessarily get reported to us,” says Jackson of Hockey Canada. “This makes it difficult to get a true picture of the number occurring.”
Unsurprisingly, as much as 36,000 hockey players in Ontario suffer concussions every year. That said, parents shouldn’t be completely afraid for their kids because most sports-related injuries are treatable with the help of physiotherapy. Yet with facilities like Chiropractic Wellness and Rehabilitation providing quality Oshawa physiotherapy services, Canada’s passion for hockey doesn’t have to diminish.
In addition, Hockey Canada has already implemented more stringent rules to make the game much safer for players. Bodychecking, for instance, is now forbidden for players aged 13 and below, as well as A-level players.
Head concussions aren’t even the most common injury in the sport. The National Hockey League (NHL) once did a 30-week test to assess injuries sustained by their players. Turns out, leg and foot injuries accounted for about 30 percent of the injury payout made by the NHL at that time (about $68 million). Compared to head concussions, injuries to the limbs are much easier to treat, and any reliable provider of physiotherapy in Oshawa knows how to deal with them.
Physiotherapy can also address conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, stroke, and chronic lung diseases. The only thing that prevents physiotherapists from lending a hand is how forthcoming people are when it comes to these injuries and ailments.
In other words, everyone should play a role in rekindling Canada’s passion for sports. Sports injuries shouldn’t be a cause of fear; people should take them as a challenge that can be overcome with the help of physiotherapy.
(Source: Study: Prenatal fitness benefit’s baby’s health, The Marietta Daily Journal, May 12, 2014)
Written By Dr. Kris Edwards and Dr. Patricia Riley