Hockey Doc

The Hockey Doc: Early season conditioning

 

By Dr. Rob LaPrade
http://drrobertlaprademd.com

 

Question: I prepare for the upcoming season, what can I do to avoid injuries?

Answer: Pre-season and early season training programs should focus on mobility (flexibility), stability (muscle coordination and control), strengthening and short interval cardiovascular training to prevent injury. Combining all four of these components are important and should vary in amount of time based on age, skill level, previous injury, and the time of the athletic season (preseason vs. early vs. late).

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The Hockey Doc: Achilles tendon injuries

By Dr. Rob LaPrade
http://drrobertlaprademd.com

 

Question: I am a 40-year-old male who plays hockey in an adult league once a week. I recently had surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon. Can I expect to return to hockey and, if so, after how long?

Answer: Achilles tendon tears are relatively common and represent a significant hurdle to individuals who wish to remain active in sports. With high profile athletes like the L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant suffering an Achilles tendon rupture and the Ottawa Senators’ Erik Karlsson sustaining an Achilles tendon laceration, interest in these injuries has been high.

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The Hockey Doc: Low back pain in hockey

By Dr. Rob LaPrade
http://drrobertlaprademd.com

 

Question:  I play forward on my high school varsity hockey team, and sometimes when I get checked my lower back goes into a painful spasm. What causes this and is there anything I can do to prevent it?

Answer: The back pain you are describing can have a number of different causes. Lower back pain can be from either the back itself (a bony or soft tissue problem), or from a problem in some of the deep organs in the lower part of the torso near the back (especially the kidneys).

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The Hockey Doc: Athletica pubalgia

By Dr. Rob LaPrade
http://drrobertlaprademd.com

 

Question: My 8-year-old son has been playing hockey for three years. He plays three days a week for one hour per game or practice. Recently, he has experienced groin pain intermittently after skating. We took him to an orthopedist who told us he has stress fractures of both pubic rami in his pelvis. What causes this and what can be done to help him return to play?

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The Hockey Doc: Hockey after hip replacements

By Dr. Rob LaPrade
http://drrobertlaprademd.com

 

Question: I am a 65-year-old university professor who still enjoys playing hockey. I have hip arthritis that is becoming very painful with activity, so I am considering hip replacements. Is there any evidence concerning the impact on hip replacements of participation in “old guy” recreational ice hockey?

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