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07-28-2011, 12:40 AM
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Playing through injury

What kind of injuries have you guys played with and how did it affect your game?

Last game (last of the season, it turned out) a guy shot a pretty hard dump in that found a vulnerable spot in my glove and hit me right in the pinky knuckle. It hurt a bit right away but I finished my shift. After that I went out for one more but I couldn't squeeze my stick properly (top hand) and was thus pretty useless, especially when trying to do things with 1 hand on the stick. I sat and watched the rest of the game as my hand swelled up because I just wasn't at all useful when I had to do something with the puck.

It turned out I had (well, have, typing this is a ***** right now) a boxer's fracture. I guess what I found surprising though was it seems to be a pretty minor injury but there was just no way I could "play through" it.. and not even just because of the pain. My hand just didn't work. So how do these NHL guys play with broken fingers and torn hips and such without even so much as grimacing out there? What kinda painkillers and freezing are they subject to?!?

Another time a while back, a guy decided to crush me into the boards (in a non-contact league) and squished my ribcage enough to cause some soft-tissue damage. I tried to play through it next game but if someone so much as bumped me from the side I felt like I couldn't breathe. Just could not play through it. Again, felt like something that could easily happen to an NHL player but I doubt they'd be out of the lineup for any significant period of time.

What are your experiences?

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07-28-2011, 06:23 PM
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I'm playing through what I think is a minor lateral meniscus tear in my right knee. Ice, over the counter pain meds, trying to rest it before games. I know it's stupid, but I just got back into playing again so it's so hard to not play. Sooner or later I'm gonna have to sit out for 2-6 weeks and let it heal.

In college it was patella tendonitis and back pain. Alot of ice and ate ibuprofen like candy because that's all I had. Cortizone shots in the knees did wonders for a few months.

I'm doing it, but unless your getting paid to do this or being scouted it's probably not the best thing to play through injury

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Yeah, I don't think I'd play through those kind of injuries. How do you find they affect your game though? Like I said, what I found surprising was how debilitating my little hand injury was, and not just from the pain. So I'm curious how people (mostly NHLers) are able to play through more significant injuries without being a liability.

I say I wouldn't play through your injuries but most likely only if I was diagnosed with a tear or something after the fact would I not play the next game. During the game it happened, if it didn't seem so bad I'd try to keep playing. If you take a shot off the ankle it might be sore for the rest of the game but you can't just quit because of the off-chance it might be broken.

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07-28-2011, 07:19 PM
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I played one game with a broken ankle I played for like 3 weeks on a sprained one and I played with 2 broken fingers until it healed

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One time I sprained my ankle and played...didn't really affect my game, just tied my skate up tight. It hurt to skate backwards though.

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Worst was a nasty case of whiplash and sinus infection that gave me post-concussion symptoms. That sucked. Had a sprained shoulder that bugged me for a few months. Also had a sprained foot from blocking a shot that bugged me for a year which didn't heal until I got different skates.

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Played with Ostitis Pubis and/or Sports Hernia. Had to stop.....Still seeing doctors to see what it actually is and what to do about it.... Pain goes away, then during and after game it is pretty intense through lower abs, groin and junk....cant wait to get back out there.

I have a new found respect for players that get Sports hernia surgery after the season. cant imagine playing with that for even a few games/practices back-to-back....

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Unknowingly played through 2 concussions

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Dislocated knee for over 20 years but I wear a brace (does that count ?-LOL)

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Dislocated knee for over 20 years but I wear a brace (does that count ?-LOL)
What do you dislocate? Your kneecap?

I've done it ~8 times. I wear a brace as well.

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Partially torn hamstring, fractured thumb, dislocated shoulder, torn hamstring, partially torn muscles in my ankle, torn cartilage in my right wrist, concussion, etc. I also have a degenerative problem in my right knee. To be frank, I have a serious disease and deal with pain on a daily basis, so breaking or tearing something often feels par for the course and I only know that I'm certainly hurt after I get my pads off.

I DO NOT advise other players to do what I do, PERIOD. Most of the time, I'm too hard headed to stop playing and it's caused me some real problems later on as a result.

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What do you dislocate? Your kneecap?

I've done it ~8 times. I wear a brace as well.
Patella buddy... but I can't stop playing, I'm addicted!!!! I play ball hockey in the summer (competetive league) and ice in the winter with my buddies (same teams every week, sometimes we alter the teams)

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Patella buddy... but I can't stop playing, I'm addicted!!!! I play ball hockey in the summer (competetive league) and ice in the winter with my buddies (same teams every week, sometimes we alter the teams)
Ah so there is someone else. Yeah I've dealt with it since I was 10 or 11. Genetic problem for me. Oh well I just strengthen it, stretch, brace, and hope for the best. If it comes out then rehab for 6 weeks and repeat. Last time it stayed out and I had to pull it back over the outside of my knee. That was fun

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Got hit by a guy and it tore my shoulder. I knew something was wrong right away so I skated off. Next shift I went out and won a faceoff, but skated right off. Again another shift I won a faceoff and then sat the rest of the game out.

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Ah so there is someone else. Yeah I've dealt with it since I was 10 or 11. Genetic problem for me. Oh well I just strengthen it, stretch, brace, and hope for the best. If it comes out then rehab for 6 weeks and repeat. Last time it stayed out and I had to pull it back over the outside of my knee. That was fun
Crap, that must of hurt. Thankfully mine hasn't popped out since. I did physio way back then to strengthen it as well. I wear my brace, have started going to physio (see below) to ease some discomfort and pop the old "advil" when needed

Think I have a slight tear in my meniscus (MRI will confirm that) but have played the last 4 weeks with the pain. We lost the other night so our season is done so I'll get some rest (unless MRI is serious) until September when our "ice" season starts up!

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I developed a Blood clot in my Leg last week. Started taking massive amounts of blood thinners on Wednesday. Had a game on Sunday, by that time my leg wasn't in that much pain, so I played in my game.
Went to see a specialist on Tuesday, he told me that I should in no way be playing hockey. Apparently, head injuries while on blood thinners can be extremely bad. I only thought I needed to worry about not getting cut. The big risk on blood thinners is internal injuries.
So...3 months with no games, but hoping to get cleared for stick n pucks soon.

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Dont know if this is relevant but i wrestled on a broken ankle in HS for a month and a half

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Where do I start? I officiated for 35 years, minor hockey thru to the NHL. Last ten years, I wore a back brace because of disc problem. Separated a shoulder and never missed a game. Sprained an ankle, never missed a game. Caught a shot to my stomach, had internal bleeding, finished the game. Slashed with a stick to the side of my head, got bandaged up and went to the emergency room after the game and got 6 stitches. Caught a slap shot to my cheek that deflected off of my shoulder, early in overtime of a College game. Finished the game and the next day flew home holding an ice pack to my jaw. I had an x ray that afternoon and fortunately, no break. Got kicked in the thigh by a skate, while breaking up a fight, in a Jr. game. Got it tended to and finished the game and had a Pro game the next night, that I worked. Two game series in College, got a hip pointer during the first game and finished the game. Next night had a trainer fix me up and I worked the second game. Thank God for world class Trainers. I also had stomach ulcers for 34 of the 35 years that I officiated.

One game that I didn't finish was a Senior game in rural Manitoba. Got hit with a shot to my temple. A team Dr. checked me over and told me that I had a mild concussion. I asked him if I could go out and finish the game. He told me that I could but he wouldn't be responsible for my death. Two referee system and my partner finished the last period and a half by himself.

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Played through a broken right wrist as a left handed shooter. Played with a cast on for 2 weeks. There wasn't much difference in my game... just that I couldn't snap a wrist shot and my saucer passes were harder to control. Other then that everything was normal. I think it has contributed greatly to my saucer passing abilities though.

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Let's all agree discretion is the better part of valor, and say that we shouldn't be playing through these injuries. If you want to keep playing a long time, doing it is a bad idea. I've had to stop playing for extended periods of time because of it, recently and specifically I tore my hamstring to where I could barely walk for 3-4 weeks because I was too stupid to stop skating 30 minutes earlier and missed 3+ months of hockey as a result.

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Have no clue what my actual injury was, but I took a nasty slapshot on the ankle and I couldn't put any weight on it. Played defense the rest of the game, couldn't even make it into the offensive zone so eventually I just stayed in my own zone and played D. Couldn't move laterally too much, so I would just keep myself in the passing lanes and try to keep out of the shooting lanes to give my goalie a good look at the shot.

I probably would have sat out under different circumstances just because I couldn't even leave my own zone, but we had absolutely no subs so I figured playing down a man in the O zone and full strength in the D zone was better than me sitting out and my team being down a man the whole time.

Still not sure what happened, it was one of those things that hurt like hell for a few days then just randomly goes away all at once and you feel fine.

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I played a game on a broken ankle

I have played the past 3 seasons with a torn labrum and a couple of torn ligaments in my left shoulder after dislocating it destroying some kid open ice. Just popped it back in and went to the doctor after the game. They said I needed surgery, I said **** that.

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I once blocked a shot right off the faceoff point blank slapshot, took it right to the area of my leg where the shinguard stops and the top of my skates begin. The guy nearly took my leg off (it felt like) but I dumped the puck down, finished my shift (clearly in pain) and the rest of the game with a golf-ball sized bump on my leg.

Another time I was driving hard to the net (nobody on my team would screen the goalie...wtf) so here I am all 5 feet 7 inches of me trying to screen this goalie while some 6 foot 3 roid monkey is trying to push me out of the way, get a point shot straight to the ass where no padding is. Common theme here, no padding areas getting hit event hough they are protected. This is why I wear a jock for any sport no matter what.

Besides those two, just common soreness in any area of my body (groin, neck and shoulders all repeat offenders). It usually doesn't hamper my performance, except for the first one where it was hard to skate really fast after the adrenaline wore off.

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I'm a goalie and I've played with bruise ribs, receive a slap shot while my chest pad wasn't well adjust. It hasnt change/affect my game but it shure hurts alot. Receive a real hard slap shot just over my wrist, on my outside forearm bones in a warm-up, could us my catching glove at all, couldn't freeze the puck because I couldn't put pressure on it, and I couldn't lift my glove like in the basic stance, my arm was so sloppy, at the end of the game my trainer told me to go at the hospital to make sure nothing was broken, it was only a very bad bruise. I had some groin pull and couldn't continu to play even if I would keep it loose during stoppage of play, my shuffle mouvement were not affect put my T-Push wasn't as explosive on one side and I couldn't do it all on the other side, couldn't do butterfly and while down it would take me more time to get up.

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Common theme here, no padding areas getting hit event hough they are protected. This is why I wear a jock for any sport no matter what.
Ugh, I know right? You'd think my glove would protect me from a shot on the knuckle but it just happened to strike me in the tiny opening where the joint is to be able to close your hand.

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