Using a hockey stick, players attempt to score a goal in a game of hockey. Hockey is a game played with curved sticks, a puck, a goal and two teams of seven players each. There are many different types of hockey, but the most popular type is ice hockey. This sport is a contact sport that can be the cause of many players’ injuries. That is why it is important to take precautions. Ice hockey players wear a lot of protective gear to shield them from oncoming blows.
Helmets are an important part of the gear players wear to protect their neck and head. A visor or face cage is not normally found on a typical hockey helmet. A mouth guard is usually strapped to the helmet to provide extra protection to the player’s mouths.
A neck guard is also required as it helps protect a player’s throat and neck. This prevents sticks, skates, the puck and any other intrusive object from coming on contact with the bare neck. Though it is great for protection it restricts movement of the neck and is optional.
Shoulder pads help prevent against any object coming in contact with the top of the torso or the spine. It also keeps the player safe when a collision occurs. Unlike the neck guard, shoulder pads do not restrict movement. Though they are broad and bulky they do their job.
Elbow pads, gloves, hockey pants, jockstrap and shin guards are also used in protecting the player from harmful situations. The ice skates are how the players move around. These are very different than figure skating skates, as they are much longer and allow easier movement. The stick used for playing is made of wood are the length varies on the size of the player.