Kansas City Youth Hockey Association (KCYHA) is pleased to announce it has extended the agreement with Performance Rehab as our official provider for Certified Athletic Trainers during Bantam & High School games for the 2021-2022 hockey season.
Founded in 2006, Performance Rehab is a local, therapist-owned outpatient therapy practice with five clinic locations throughout Johnson County, KS for easy access to injury rehab when needed. Performance Rehab has aligned itself with the top therapists, trainers, physicians and surgeons to provide professional-level sports medicine care to athletes in the KC area. Find them at www.PerformanceRehabKC.com.
Performance Rehab is a valued KCYHA partner that generously contributes to the success of our hockey program and we sincerely thank them for their support.
At the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center, we work specifically with growing athletes. Our sole focus is to help your athlete play, excel and enjoy the sports they love, including ice hockey, and sustain a lifetime of sport participation.
With a fast-paced and hard-hitting style, ice hockey’s appeal has led to its increasing popularity as a youth sport, especially in the Kansas City area. The characteristics that make ice hockey appealing, however also put players at risk for injuries whether hitting the boards, the ice and other players. Injuries are common, even in leagues where checking is not allowed.
Why are we experts at caring for growing athletes who play hockey?
To best care for this unique population of fast-paced and aggressive athletes, the experts at the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center specialize in treating growing athletes with hockey injuries.
What is hockey’s impact on the body?
There are more than 500,000 registered amateur hockey players in the United States alone. With players skating at speeds more than 30 miles per hour (mph) and rubber pucks racing by at speeds up to 100 mph, it is no surprise that getting hurt can become “part of the game.” In addition to cuts from sharp skate blades. collisions with other players and falls on the ice can lead to concussions, bone, ligament and joint injuries.
What are common hockey injuries?
Symptoms on one side of the body* include:
• Intense pain from the neck down the arm
• Burning or stinging
• Numbness, and/or tingling down arm
The one-sided symptoms may be obvious or subtle, lasting a few seconds or a few minutes, or in some cases, much longer. While symptoms are present, also watch for possible signs of concussion. Do not allow your athlete to return to play until symptoms have completely resolved. This would include full range of motion and strength on the injured side matches that of the non-injured side. If the symptoms persist, your athlete to see a pediatric sports medicine physician before resuming practice or competition.
• Protect the area with a sling or crutches, if necessary.
• Rest the injured area.
• Ice the injury for 20 minutes at a time. Do not apply the ice directly to the skin.
• Compress the injured area with a wrap. Do not pull tightly, as this can cut off circulation.
• Elevate the injured area above the heart, if possible.
If your athlete has any of these injuries and you would like to schedule an appointment at the Children’s Mercy Sports Medicine Center, we have a team of pediatric sports medicine experts ready to get your growing athlete back on the ice. Just call (816) 701-HURT (4878).
Resources and tips for parents and coaches
Regardless of the level at which a growing athlete is playing, wearing appropriate protective equipment is the best defense against injury. At a minimum, athletes should wear helmets and face masks with a mouth guard, along with shoulder, elbow and shin pads, padded hockey pants, gloves and an athletic supporter.
Simply wearing the right equipment has dramatically reduced the risk of eye and dental injuries and lacerations (cuts), which are commonly associated with ice hockey.
Make sure your athlete stays hydrated. Athletes need to drink plenty of fluids before, during and after activity. Also, make sure they get plenty of rest and ovoid overdoing it.
Keep sports fun and positive!
This article has been clinically reviewed by Brian Harvey, DO Sports Medicine Physician