Injury Prevention

Dek Hockey

Playing dek hockey is fun, and more kids are learning to play it every day. But it’s not fun getting hurt. You can keep safe while playing dek hockey by wearing all the right safety gear and not checking (using your hip or shoulder to slow down another player) other players. Read the other dek hockey safety tips below to make sure you have fun when you play.

Talk to Your Parents and Coaches

  • Learn and play by the rules of the game. You will have more fun and play better.
  • Don’t play if you feel sick. Tell a parent, teacher or coach if you’re not feeling well.
  • Ask an adult what you can do to get in shape to play.
  • Always warm up before playing.

Wear the Right Gear

  • Wear all your safety gear every time you play or practice.
  • Dek hockey safety gear includes:
    • Helmet with full face guard
    • Shin and knee pads
    • Gloves
    • Elbow pads
    • In-line skates with soft wheels
    • Plastic or fiberglass blade on stick
  • If you wear glasses, ask for safety gear that will protect them.

Play it Safe

  • Drink plenty of water, especially in warm weather.
  • Take a lot of breaks.
  • Never play through the pain. If something hurts, stop and tell an adult.
  • Do not body check other players, especially from behind.
  • Try to keep your head from hitting other players or the boards.
Last Update
May 23, 2008
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Last Update
May 23, 2008