Before the puck drops at the first Indy Fuel game, we sat down with Dr. Joshua Kluetz, to learn more about the most common hockey injuries, and how they can be prevented.
"At the professional level, the most commonly injured area of the body is the head, followed by the thighs, knees, shoulders and hands," said Kluetz, sports medicine physician at Community Physician Network at team physician for the Indy Fuel.
Head injuries normally include concussions, lacerations, and tooth injures. Contusions to the thigh are seen often, as are MCL sprains to the knee. Shoulder injuries normally include AC joint sprains (separated shoulders), clavicle (collar bone) fractures, and shoulder dislocations. The most common hand injuries are fractures and contusions.
"The most common mechanism of injury is contact with another player or body checking," said Kluetz. "Injuries are much more likely to occur during a game than practice, and typically occur towards the end of the game due to fatigue." continue reading ...