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03-02-2008, 05:59 PM
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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.

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

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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.

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it depends, are you wearing a full face cage?

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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):





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

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

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

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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.

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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!

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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?

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I used to play with a retard 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 ...

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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

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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I just use my visor towel.

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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

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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*

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I used to play with a retard 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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