Ice Hockey Research Paper

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Goalkeeper or also called goaltender is the most dangerous position in Ice Hockey. The job of a goalkeeper is to repeatedly get in the way of a puck that can travel towards them at a speed up to approximately 170 kilometres per hour (http://senators.nhl.com/club/blogpost.htm?id=27469). Ice hockey is a fast-paced, contact sport played on ice in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot the puck into their opponent 's net to score points (student dictionary pg. 478). Ice Hockey is a rough sport especially for the goalkeeper, who has to be guarded since the goalkeeper is a very valuable player on the ice. The goalkeeper greatly influences the outcome of an ice hockey match. Ice Hockey is a popular sport in Canada, United States and…show more content…
It is very important to take care of the goalkeeper and give them the training that they need. Their skills need to be developed and they must be educated about sportsmanship so that the high risk of injury can be lowered. (https://www.hockeycalgary.ca/resources/players/goalies). During an Ice Hockey game a lot of physical contact is involved between players this can lead to a variety of injuries. The injuries that are most common in Ice Hockey include concussions, ligament tears, broken bones and muscle strains (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_hockey). Some injuries like muscle strains can be prevented not only by training but stretching. Stretching is very important before a game or also training since it relaxes the muscle (http://www.besthealthmag.ca/best-you/stretching/what-really-happens-when-you-stretch-your-muscles). For Ice Hockey the Hip and grin should be stretched since during skating you extend your legs out to the side and back unlike running. Back and torso should be stretched which are used for shooting and the hamstrings should be stretched too (http://kidshealth.org/teen/safety/sports_safety/safety-hockey.html#). Proper stretching exercises are also part of the training program since training is not just to improve in ice hockey but also work better together with team mates and to improve discipline, focus and health (encyclopedia pg.

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