Before purchasing your protective gear, you should make sure that your padding, helmet and mouth guard fit and are comfortable.
Now that you've bought and used all your protective equipment, you shouldn't just dump it back in your duffle bag and store it until your next match. Caring for your equipment is a vital part of your personal safety. Loose or broken parts in your equipment could cause some nasty injuries to yourself and others.
Always make sure you maintain the quality of your safety gear by finding out how to care for your equipment.
Ice hockey safety equipment and gear may sometimes look a little bit odd, but using the right protective safety gear for ice hockey is essential for preventing serious injuries or reducing the severity of an injury you may receive.
Amy Carroll's insight:
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Watching ice hockey players skate along the ice can be a pretty exhilarating experience. Although, the crowd's favourite moments seem to be the fights and body checks. Players need to protect themselves by wearing the required safety equipment when heading out on the ice. Of course, injuries may still occur, but wearing protective equipment can reduce injuries caused by other players, from the puck, player's sticks and falling on the ice.
Safety equipment include full face helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, mouth guards, jockstrap/pelvic protector and hip and leg guards. All this padding is mostly made up of vinyl nitrile foam and flexible thermoplastic or ABS.
Some NHL goal keepers can wear up to 50lbs (roughly 22.5kgs) worth of protective equipment in each game and can withstand a slap shot of up to 100 mph (160 km).
Desolie has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and is currently second in charge (Deputy Matron) at an aged care facility. Des is responsible for all clinical care of the residents, setting rosters for the RNs, ENs and AINs that work on the floor on a 24/7 basis, formulates the care plans and liaises with medical and allied health professionals and families.
So what are some of the risks and hazards that Des encounters each day? Sitting for long periods on ergonomic seating in front of a computer screen would no doubt cause discomfort and eye strain. Challenging behavior from residents and families and posture are main factors to Des' everyday work.
Des also spends time on floor doing one on one nursing care when the need arises. Hazards that may be present during this situation can include potential contamination from bodily fluids, needle-stick injuries, manual handling issues and stress.
Jer is my fiancé and is from Canada. Canada you say? We all know what this means….ice hockey! (And maple syrup…)
Before coming out to Australia, ice hockey was a big part of Jer’s life. Not only was it a major school sport, but an everyday hobby for him. Playing mainly as a goal keeper in all that gear kept him a little safer than the rest of the team, but that doesn’t mean that he was in the clear.
Ice hockey is a hard-hitting, high collision sport where players can reach speeds of up 50kmph. Although there are the obvious hazards of sticks and the puck, it is estimated that around 80% of injuries are caused by direct trauma due to player contact. Player contact includes checking, collision and falls.
One of the most famous hazards that ice hockey is known for occurs when players bodycheck each other into (and sometimes successfully smashing their opponent through) the protective ½ inch thick plexiglass that provides a barrier between the ice rink and the stadium seating. The other 20% of injuries are mainly caused from contact by sticks, pucks and the occasional skate blade.
Another hazard is the condition of the ice that the players skate on. Usually, when the ice becomes too hazardous to play on, a Zamboni is brought out to restore the condition during a break.
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Stretching is an essential part of successful ice hockey. A good stretching routine can help to minimize muscle imbalances and prevent injuries.
Amy Carroll's insight:
A Knight in Goalie Armour~Saving Gauthier #4
Although this sounds like a simple and silly little thing, stretching plays a big part in preparing your body before any physical activities and afterwards to warm down your body.
Stretching not only increases your physical performance and tolerance, but will help reduce injuries such as strains, sprains, tears and cramping.
A cooldown routine is also important after any game or training session as it helps the body to return to it's resting state. Post game/training stretches can reduce dizziness, allow lactic acid to dissipate and help prevent any delayed onset muscle soreness.
Getting involved in sporting hobbies it a great way to get fit and make new friends. However, it is important that each team member knows the rules. This can help increase game play knowledge and even help keep players a little safer
Una is my mum who has worked on a lot of farms, picking various fruit and vegetables and then sorting and packing them in preparation for sales..
Una starts her day at 4 o'clock each morning and finishes late in the afternoon. She arrives at work and then travels by tractor along with the other pickers to the paddocks that need to be harvested.
So what are some of the risks and hazards on a farm?
Heat is a large factor, especially under our Australian sun. Protective clothing and a lot of water is a must. Snakes and spiders is another hazard that she needs to look out for as they can be hiding in the long grass or under the plants themselves. Uneven ground can cause trips and falls and pesticides and other various chemicals used on the plants can sometimes cause skin irritation.
After picking, Una heads into the large sheds to then wash, sort and pack the fruit and vegetables. The machinery used can be very dangerous if operated by an untrained person. Wet floors from washing the fruit and veg can cause slips and falls. Standing for a long period of time as well as lifting heavy boxes can cause back, knee and foot pain along with muscle strain.
Each day, Cara travels via train to Brisbane city and then walks 15-20 minutes to work. The biggest hazard during her travels is traffic and the general everyday “rush” of the city. Seeing people stand close to traffic as it passes by is quite frightening.
One of the biggest hazards for Cara is sitting for long hours at a desk and working in front of a computer. With her current workplace relocating offices at the moment, all the packing and moving of desks and furniture present risks such as slips, trips and falls.
Well, I’m pretty sure that we’re quite familiar with our OHS lecturer, Yvonne. While we all undertake the joy and stress of studying, sometimes we tend to forget about what our lecturers go through on a day to day basis.
Although we see her each week during lectures and on online forums, this is only 10% of what Von’s approved workload calculation recommends. While that alone is a lot to organise, there is much more behind the scenes work that we don’t see. Research takes up to around 40% while community engagements including university governance, external committees and projects is supposed to take up around 50% (but would quite undoubtedly take up much more) of Von’s workload. This is all on top of meetings ranging from face to face, skype/jabber or on phone, answering emails, teaching via moodle, writing papers, teaching face to face, travelling (local and international), fieldwork and conferences.
So what are some of the OHS risks and hazards associated with this?
Yvonne spends a lot of time writing, researching, teaching and communicating both face to face and online. Two major risks that are associated with this job would be fatigue and stress. Other risks can include shoulder/back/eye strain. With all of this constant work and moving around, lack of sleep can also pose a serious hazard.
During travel, it is also hard to have control over certain hazards that may be present. Von mentioned having to complete some work during the 2002 Bali bombing. Also, working face to face has its hazards too, such as carrying and transporting equipment which can lead to joint/muscle strain. Aggressive students are another hazard that Von has unfortunately had to deal with on the odd occasion.
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