In ice hockey, players wear specialized gear both for protection and to facilitate the fast-paced game of the sport, since this is a very fast-paced sport where serious injuries are quite common. Ice hockey is the fastest growing major sport in North America after football and the auto racing. Ice hockey players, who are mostly male, often receive little or no physical education when they sign up. However, the sport has a unique way of teaching young people’s values such as hard work, teamwork and friendship.
Ice hockey skates, which are called “pucks” in the sport, are made of rubber but may also be made of leather or plastic. The edges are concave and rounded to maximize traction. It is the player’s job to get the puck into play on the other side of the rink through his skating efforts.
Ice hockey sticks are the primary equipment that players wear, since they provide the foundation for the rest of their attire. Different brands make several styles of sticks, with each having its own unique design, thickness and cost. Most ice skates are rented from an arena during the season, and players use the same stick for all ice sessions except when practicing off-season, when they change to a new one.
During warm-ups, players usually stretch and warm up their muscles by doing exercises such as aerobics, stretching and strength training. They wear traditional hockey padding that is made of textile materials. This is usually worn under pants so that sweat cannot drip onto the jersey and the players can have a more comfortable feel during their practices. Worn on the hips and shoulders, elbow pads protect the area in front of the net from hard hits. The pad’s size and shape should be chosen according to the player’s height and weight.
Jocks and Ice skaters who do not wear jocks or ice shorts, commonly call themselves hockey jerseys or hockey pants. These accessories vary depending on the league and rules. Jerseys differ from pants in that they are required to be tighter, with longer sleeves and a bit longer in the legs. Shorts are similar to jockstraps, but they are more flexible.
Ice hockey sticks are used to hit the puck along the ice. Originally, this game was played with two skates, each featuring a different type of blade. Nowadays, most players prefer to use only one blade, making the game much faster and easier to learn. Originally, the stick used in the game was created using wood or cinder blocks, with either a rubber or plastic blade attached to the end of it.
When the puck makes it way to the goal, the Ice Hockey player who just touched the ball will use their hands to try and block it. If they are successful, the ball is awarded to the team that successfully blocked the ball with their stick. A common way to score in Ice Hockey is by using the skate of one player, sliding in front of another, then using the whole body of that player to push the other player’s skate backward toward the Ice Hockey goal. This is known as ‘rushing.’ However, players on opposite teams are not allowed to ‘rushed’ or clash sticks, and if a player does so, an Ice Hockey foul is immediately called.
Other accessories include pucks, gloves, helmets, padding, masks, whistles, goal nets, and cups. Typically, a puck is worn by the defense. The gloves help protect the hands and forearms of the Ice Hockey player, while the mask and helmet help protect the face and neck. The cups, which usually come in four sizes, help keep the players’ heads and ears warm during Ice Hockey games.