- Ensure everyone plays by the rules. No amount of equipment can prevent all injuries.
- Stretch and warm-up prior to each practice and game, as well as do a cool-down, to help prevent injuries.
- Skate heads-up when approaching the boards to prevent neck injuries.
- Take head injuries seriously. To prevent brain damage, organized amateur hockey in Canada requires that any player get a physician’s permission to return to play after suffering a concussion. Consult Parachute’s Concussion Guide for Coaches and Trainers in the Resource Library below.
- Body checking at the PeeWee level is not recommended by medical experts.
- Wear a CSA-approved hockey helmet with a compatible full face mask. This is mandatory in organized hockey.
- Replace helmets every five years. They are designed to withstand falls on ice and the multiple impacts expected during hockey play, but they have this recommended limit.
- Other recommended protective gear includes gloves, shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin pads, mouth guards and for boys, an athletic support.
Ensure all protective equipment is in good condition and fits properly.