As a goaltender who has yet to suffer a significant injury, you guys are scaring me. I've been bowled over a lot and taken some shots in less-than-comfortable places, but I've sprung back up every time so far.
Originally Posted by LatvianTwist
I played most of a baseball season with one of those. Most annoying injury ever. Whenever I thought it healed, I'd land on my left hip again, and back it was. I had a Vlad Guerrero trot going.
The worst part, is that so many injuries in hockey are PREVENTABLE with proper training,,, like shoulder seperations, groin/hip flexor injuries, ACL/MCL tears,,, a lot of man games lost to very preventable injuries... .
Ain't that the truth!
My worst was an MCL tear my second year in net, 3 years ago. It was one of the first games of the season. I wasn't in proper shape, but I had gained just enough skill to try to do a move that my body didn't want to do at that point. End result: 2nd degree tear to the MCL and meniscus damage that took me out for most of the season.
It kills me to look back and know it didn't have to happen. I still have annoying meniscus problems.
I had never been injured before that in almost 40 years of playing sports, beyond bumps, bruises and sore muscles. I'm way more careful about preparation now.
From hockey: I've suffered 2 1/2 concussions (the 1/2 was a mild one) over 8 years of playing. The most recent was probably 1 1/2 years ago, but was still having symptoms (random dizziness and headaches) as recent as 4 months ago. After the first one (where I was backskating and got shoved backwards into my own net - head hitting the post) I replaced my helmet with a more protective one, and never skated without my mouthguard in. I've also gotten a severe ankle sprain - from an opposing player landing on my ankle which shelved me for a couple months.
Off the ice, I've broken my foot once - sparring in kickboxing - I went for a high roundhouse, and my sparring partner blocked it with his elbow, breaking two bones in my right foot. I've also broken my thumb and a few toes, but nothing worse than that so far....knock on wood.
Broke my left femur, full speed turned at the goal line lost an edge went knee first into the boards.
Broke my right femur. Little shove low in my back, just crossing the goal line, which had me go into the boards basically in a sitting position. Felt a pop and assumed it was my knee, but nope, femur. Now-a-days they treat femurs much different than when it happened to me. Five weeks in traction, six weeks in a cast that went from my ankle all the way up to the leg and then wrapped about 10 inches up my torso.
blood clot in thigh from being kneed
severe concussion woke up next day in hospital after a slew foot
bone chip elbow
fractured fingers (3)
My worst was a hyper-extended wrist which has lingered for the better part of a year now. Constant pain when I use my wrist for anything now. When I don't play hockey for a couple weeks it starts to heal up but then I play hockey and the first shot re-aggrivates it. I'm stubborn, yes.
So I haven't played hockey since May 17th. My wrist is fine now. At least until next week when I have no work and will play 4-5 pickup games, haha.