Hip, Groin and lower abdominal issues plague a ton of hockey players.
Those who have experienced that know what I'm talkin' 'bout...
If you haven’t yet, pay close attention. You’ll save yourself years of pain and frustration.
Some cold, hard facts:
1. 43% of all injuries in hockey occur around the groin area.
2. Adductor strains account for 10% of all injuries.
3. Once you experience an adductor strain, a repeat injury will occur with a 44% likelihood.
4. A groin injury will keep a player out of the next seven on-ice sessions (game/practice) on average.
5. Over 90% of groin and abdominal strains in the NHL occur when there's NO CONTACT with another player. This is a significant number and it's expected to grow in the future.
6. According to a conservative estimate, each NHL team will lose 25 man-games to groin and lower abdominal injuries every season.
Every hockey player this side of Stevie Wonder can see how big of a problem groin injuries present.
So I went back and looked at my athletes' injury history over the past few years.
Specifically - how many games they missed due to hip, groin and lower abdominal issues...
Two years ago, one of our U18 National Team forwards was experiencing pain in his anterior hip on the ice. As a precaution, we took him out of the line-up for one game.
After that, he didn't miss a single game all year.
Nor did he last season when he played for our pro team.
Same thing with our U18 National Team goalie last year. Groin pain. So the head coach had him sit on the bench as the back-up in back-to-back games over one weekend.
Two cases in two years... only three total man-games lost among the 150+ players I've coached during that time.
(And both players COULD HAVE played in those games. Had it been the playoffs, no doubt they would have...)
I don't know about you but that's a very, very low number in my eyes.
Especially considering how NHL teams lose nearly 10x that many man-games in a single season.
Obviously, I'm not just yapping bullshit when I say how excellent off-ice programming can dramatically decrease your chances of getting injured.
Check it out for yourself here:
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