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PHOTOS BY PARENTS Let's face it, hockey equipment is not cheap, and we all know that kids grow so fast that they're likely to outgrow their gear before the end of the season. Still, buying oversized protective equipment so it will last more than one season is a dangerous proposition. A common mistake some parents make is to buy equipment to last several years. One year the pads may be too big and another they're too tight. That leaves only a short time when equipment fits, and performs, like it should. Should your son or daughter sustain an injury, it's important to bring them to a certified medical provider. Seeking proper treatment and following return-to-play pro- tocol are necessary steps to ensuring a player doesn't sustain a similar injury or aggravate the previous one. "Don't rush the kid back to playing," suggests Chad Eickhoff, coordinator of Athletic Training and Strength and Conditioning Services at the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. "A lot of times at a young age, kids may not have always done rehab and then, they're likely to get hurt again. It's making sure that they've been doing their rehab and regaining their full strength, balance and whatever else they might need to return to full performance." And while hockey is a physical and emo- tional game, it's important that mom and dad keep their cool when watching from the stands. Remember, this is still youth hockey, and you're supposed to be the adult. PLAYERS No matter how well a coach delivers his or her message, how positive a parent cheers from the stands or how well an official keeps the peace on the ice, it is ultimately the player's responsibility to compete within the rules and treat their opponents and the game with respect. It is also a player's responsibility to report an injury, especially a possible concussion, to their coach and parents. Even in hockey's "tough guy" culture, there is never a good reason to run the risk of suffering a second and more severe concussion. Remember, there will always be one more shift, one more period and one more game to play. It's all a matter of being smart and playing safe. Y COMPRESSION: Assists in reducing swelling by decreasing the space avail- able for the accumulation of fluid. An ace wrap is most often used. ELEVATION: Raising the injured extremity uses gravity to aid in draining blood and fluid from the area. Generally the injured extremity should be elevated above the heart. C E Eliminates odors Safe on fabric & plastic Non-toxic & biodegradable All natural patented formula that kills 99.9% bacteria. Gear smells great! GODORS (go•ders) IS A SUPER CONCENTRATED GEAR DEODORIZING SPRAY THAT REALLY WORKS. GODORS.COM PRODUCT AVAILABLE AT: Midwest Northeast • Hockey Underground, Farmingdale, NY • Brewster Ice Arena Pro Shop, Brewster, NY • Parkwood Skate Shop, Great Neck, NY • NYC Skate Pro, Long Island City, NY • Westside Skate and Stick, New York City, NY • Top Shelf Sports, Shelton, CT • Dave's Sport Shop, Fridley, MN; Stillwater, MN; Blaine, MN; Maple Grove, MN • 4 Seasons Athletics, LLC, Waseca, MN • Sin Bin Hockey Shop, Bensenville, IL $14.95 FOR 12 OZ CONCENTRATED "The stink in my son's hockey gear is simply GONE! Thanks" - Andrew L 19 NOVEMBER. 2014 // Hockey Safety

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