It might seem unlikely that hockey players can suffer heat related injuries, but dry-land training, a warm rink in the summer, and being deconditioned can have serious heat-related side effects if proper precautions are not taken. According to Dr. Robert LaPrade, orthopedic knee surgeon in Vail, CO, and contributing editor to HockeyDoc, “A warm environmental condition is the primary risk factor for heat related injuries. This encompasses the temperature and humidity of the ice rink or training facility, the amount of clothing that the athlete wears, and their activity level. Combine the higher temperatures with intense athletic training during the summer and you end up with an elevated chance of becoming dehydrated during this timeframe.”

Dr. LaPrade offers a series of tips in this article on heat related injuries.

Read more at: The Hockey Doc–Summer Hockey and Heat Related Injuries

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