Do you know the most common injuries in hockey?

Field hockey is often played on artificial turf, and consists of quick starts, stops and turns, and therefore a sprained ankle is quite common.

Players may also sustain injuries to the head, face, shoulder, arm, thigh and knee. This may occur with or without contact with other players, from blows from a stick or a ball, or from being run into. Common injuries include pulled muscles in the thigh and groin, blows to the thigh and sprained joints, especially in the knee, shoulder and elbow. 

Field hockey players may also develop overuse injuries from repetitive movements. Because of the low positioning of the body while playing, the lower back, groin, knee and calvf are particularly vulnerable to overuse injury.

Common injuries

  • Ankle sprain
  • Hamstring strain
  • Quadriceps contusion (dead leg)
  • Back pain
  • Groin strain
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries
  • Collateral ligaments injury
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Medial tibial stress syndrome (shin splint)
  • Fractures in the hand
  • Cuts and bruises to the face or head