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RandV 03-02-2008 06:59 PM

Head sweat
 
When I work up a good sweat playing hockey it starts dripping off my forehead and eventually stings my eyes. Does anyone else have this problem, and if so what do you do to prevent it?

I'm still in my training sessions so it isn't too much of a problem, but I'll be starting the games soon. At the moment about all I can do is remove my gloves, helmet, glasses, and wipe my head down with a towel or my sleeve, but that's a hassle on a short/sliding bench, and is only temporary.

Wooty 03-02-2008 07:01 PM

In the NHL (and all other sports) they use a towel.

Karl with a C 03-02-2008 07:09 PM

The problem is pretty severe for me too. On my team, I'm frequently out for shifts of up to 90 seconds.. been out as long as three minutes before though, and I sweat a lot naturally. Unfortunately I can't take a towel with me out on the ice. I've been thinking about a headband or something similar like they use in basketball.

ashleesimpson<3* 03-02-2008 07:09 PM

it depends, are you wearing a full face cage?

Qui Gon Dave 03-02-2008 07:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pkd88 (Post 12877026)
In the NHL (and all other sports) they use a towel.

Exactly. Although the Habs are pushing that idea to the limit this year, not sure it'll catch on (Mr. Markov, this means you):

http://www.habsinsideout.com/files/h...un.preview.JPG
http://www.habsinsideout.com/files/h...un.preview.JPG
http://www.habsinsideout.com/files/h...un.preview.JPG

Seriously though, I have this problem too. I've tried headbands and this little moisture absorbing hat by Mission and neither work perfectly. The Mission hat thing works best. Headbands only absorb so much moisture before becoming useless. Although most of my experience comes from playing roller hockey for 2 hours almost straight and rarely with a line change.

If you find something that works great, please post a link up here :handclap:

Twist and Shout 03-02-2008 07:11 PM

Stray of water to the top of the forehead and then wipe it off with a face cloth.

Wooty 03-02-2008 07:11 PM

You could figure out how to tuck a small towel or rag in your gear and deal with it quickly on the bench.

ashleesimpson<3* 03-02-2008 07:11 PM

Too continue my post cuase Im not gonna bother editing, use a headband if your wearing fullface cage, if youve only got a visor or nothing, just use a towel, it takes 5 seconds.

droller* 03-02-2008 07:13 PM

i would also consider getting contacts if you plan on playing hockey on a regular basis. last thing you wanna do is break your glasses... don't they fog up a bit too? more comfortable while wearing a helmet too!

Karl with a C 03-02-2008 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by csn00b (Post 12877198)
Too continue my post cuase Im not gonna bother editing, use a headband if your wearing fullface cage, if youve only got a visor or nothing, just use a towel, it takes 5 seconds.

Wouldn't a headband make the helmet just a bit too tight though?

Redden Hogalot* 03-02-2008 07:33 PM

Don't work as hard. :sarcasm:

Nighthock 03-02-2008 08:01 PM

I used to play with a ****** of a friend who used to gel his hair before he played ... he paid for it later. Not sure why you have to have perfect hair before a game. My advice, stop using hair gel ... ;)

Pittsburgh Proud 03-02-2008 08:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RandV (Post 12877006)
When I work up a good sweat playing hockey it starts dripping off my forehead and eventually stings my eyes. Does anyone else have this problem, and if so what do you do to prevent it?

I'm still in my training sessions so it isn't too much of a problem, but I'll be starting the games soon. At the moment about all I can do is remove my gloves, helmet, glasses, and wipe my head down with a towel or my sleeve, but that's a hassle on a short/sliding bench, and is only temporary.

yes just had this problem about 2 hours ago. My coached laughed at me but what you got to do is squirt water at the top of your head and let it drip down your face. It washes away the sweat

the_speedster 03-02-2008 08:16 PM

omg this has to be one of the greatest thread titles ever:naughty:

the_speedster 03-02-2008 08:16 PM

or the name of a new prince album:yo:

RangerSteve 03-02-2008 08:46 PM

I use an under armor skully. The thing seeps up all the sweat and I don't get any on my half shield. They run about 20 bucks but they're def worth it

DevsFan84 03-02-2008 09:11 PM

I don't know if they make it for players helmets, but for goalies there is this stuff called maltese gel that I got for my lid- its basically gel inserts that replace the foam in your helmet. 2 good things- 1. You can stick it in the freezer before you play and it helps keep you cool for a while- and 2. I don't need a sweatband anymore because the gel actually directs the sweat away from my eyes and down the side of my face. Really good stuff.

HerrAlex 03-02-2008 09:37 PM

use water

RandV 03-02-2008 10:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RangerSteve (Post 12878732)
I use an under armor skully. The thing seeps up all the sweat and I don't get any on my half shield. They run about 20 bucks but they're def worth it

I was actually just looking at one of those, will probably pick one up tomorrow to try out. Seems like more of a football thing but should work for hockey.

Oh, and for the people who've mention a towel, yes I'm only wearing a half-visor, but I wear my glasses underneath. I've got an old but good pair of Silhouette glasses, frameless and flexible, which fit comfortably under my Reebok 6K helmet. It's a good set up and I'm not confident I could get contacts in. I've tried a towel at a shinny game before but it's too inconvenient/I'm too awkward and slow taking everything off so I can wipe my head off. Especially when a couple shifts later I have to do it again.

igotnothing 03-02-2008 11:33 PM

Use lip balm that doesn't come in a stick and has no SPF rating. Smear it on your eyebrows. Since the lip balm is waterproof, the sweat will drip down the sides or in the middle.

RobertKron 03-02-2008 11:39 PM

Break out the Kelly Hrudey bandana.

MikeD 03-03-2008 12:30 AM

The forehead piece for the maltese gel SPS gan be purchased seperately and placed into any helmet directly on top of any existing foam(hotglue felcro in place). Placing that at the front of the helmet uses about 1/8" of space, increases your protection and eliminates sweat running down the face. It is redirected to the sides of the face where its not a problem.

maltesehockey.com

K-PAX* 03-03-2008 12:59 AM

I just use my visor towel.

fullmetal2405 03-03-2008 03:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by droller (Post 12877230)
i would also consider getting contacts if you plan on playing hockey on a regular basis. last thing you wanna do is break your glasses... don't they fog up a bit too? more comfortable while wearing a helmet too!

In my experience, sweat in the eyes + contacts = HOLY CRAP OW. But I'd never play without them :thumbu:

Quote:

Originally Posted by DevsFan84 (Post 12879109)
I don't know if they make it for players helmets, but for goalies there is this stuff called maltese gel that I got for my lid- its basically gel inserts that replace the foam in your helmet. 2 good things- 1. You can stick it in the freezer before you play and it helps keep you cool for a while- and 2. I don't need a sweatband anymore because the gel actually directs the sweat away from my eyes and down the side of my face. Really good stuff.

As a goalie I'd like some more info on that...

And advice to the OP, really all I can say is if you're using a full face cage, just swing the cage forward on the bench and wipe your face down. Something you have to learn to deal with, I guess *shrug*

The Tikkanen 03-03-2008 04:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Nighthock (Post 12878019)
I used to play with a ****** of a friend who used to gel his hair before he played ... he paid for it later. Not sure why you have to have perfect hair before a game. My advice, stop using hair gel ... ;)

Yup. Only time my eyes sting when playing hockey is when I have gel in my hair or I catch a glimpse of my stunning reflection on the glass. You could also look into forehead wipers.


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