Ice hockey

  • Hockey players should wear a CSA-approved hockey helmet with a compatible full face mask. This is mandatory in organized hockey.
  • Helmets should be replaced every five years. They are designed to withstand falls on ice and the multiple impacts expected during hockey play, but they have this recommended limit. Read more about hockey helmets.
  • Other recommended protective gear includes gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin pads, mouth guards and for boys, an athletic support.
  • Ensure all protective equipment is in good condition and fits properly.
  • No amount of equipment can prevent all injuries. Children need to play by the rules.
  • Stretching and warm-ups prior to each practice and game, as well as a cool-down routine, will help to prevent injuries.
  • Teach children to skate heads-up when approaching the boards to prevent neck injuries.
  • Take head injuries seriously. To prevent brain damage, organized amateur hockey in Canada requires that any player get a physician's permission to return to play after suffering a concussion. Consult Parachute’s Concussion Guide for Coaches and Trainers.
  • Body checking at the Pee Wee level is not recommended by medical experts.