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Probably one of the worst things about sports is being injured.

This is probably even worse than losing. Because at least when you lose you had a chance to win and were able to compete.

But when you’re injured you feel useless. You can’t help your team. And you get frustrated from sitting on the sidelines.

One of the more common injuries in hockey is the ones of the groin and abdominals.

Below is a brief review of a 1999 study by Emery et al at the University of Calgary. Here’s what we learned from this study.

This study involved over 7000 NHL players and lasted over 6 years. They defined injuries as being related to the abdominals, hip flexors and hip adductors.

Here’s what they found

There were lots of injuries
617 groin and abdominal sprains were reported over 6 seasons of play. In other words there were over 100 per season around the league. This averages out to almost 4 sprains per team.

This isn’t a freak accident. Or something that is as likely as one of the Sedins dropping the gloves. These types of injuries are quite frequent and should be something is addressed in your off-season training to prep your groins, hips and abdominals to withstand the forces from the game of hockey which if unaddressed lead to these kids of injuries.

Being out-of-shape increased the chance of injury
The injury rate in the pre-season was 5X greater than during the regular season and 20X greater than during the post-season.

Show up to camp out of shape and you are way more likely to be in the IR. Or if you’re a player trying to make the opening day roster you can’t afford to come to camp with less than optimal fitness.

And what about the correlation to the playoffs? Usually the fitter, better prepared players are the ones still playing in May. When was the last time you heard of a groin strain during the NHL playoffs?

More injuries happen during games
There was a 6X greater chance of getting injured during a game than during a practice.

Besides the hitting, one of the key differences of a game is the intensity and chaotic nature of the play.

Sure a practice can be up tempo but it doesn’t compare to the speed and intensity of a game.

As well, there is a certain level of control in a practice. Maybe you work on your PK or PP. There might be some hard skating at the end. Or you work on your breakouts. With all of these you know what is happening and it is controlled to a certain extent unlike a game where anything can happen.

Recovery may not have been complete
Almost 1/4 of the injuries were recurrent.

Teams lose money when players are the IR. Star players anyways. So sometimes there is the urge to get them back sooner than they should.

And players get bored of rehab and missing games. So they may claim to feel better than they actually are.

It wasn’t from getting hit
A high percentage (more than 90%) of the injuries were non-contact.

How you get injured if you’re not getting injured? Usually this happens during the eccentric (stretch) phase of a contraction.

Think of all the stop and go that happens during a game.

Each time this happens your body must eccentrically reduce this force before it can concentrically contract the relevant muscles.

If you haven’t taken the time to develop your eccentric strength and your stabilizers your body will find an alternate way to get the job done. And unfortunately this will be at the expense of your hips and abdominals.

So what’s the take home message?

Don’t wait until just before training camp to develop energy systems. Now is the time to start.

If you do get injured make sure to take your rehab as seriously you would a game.

And with your training make sure to develop the movement patterns and core stability that allow you to control your eccentric muscle actions.

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It includes a variety of exercises, with videos, that target the hips and abdominals specifically.

And it ensures you develop incredible eccentric strength to make sure your stops, starts and change of direction as quick as possible.

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Chris                                                                                                                 onsidehockeytraining.com