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From The Experts: Define The Edges Of A Rink
DO <a href="http://www.backyardicerink.com/safety.html" target="_hplink">maintain clearly defined rink-edges on an outdoor ice rink</a>, advises The Backyard Ice Rink. This prevents skaters from slipping on unexpected icy patches surrounding the rink when they’re travelling to and from the venue.
From The Experts: Body Checking
DON’T allow body checking, which can be particularly dangerous on ice because of the skates, goal posts and boards in the mix. According to Mom’s Team , this kind of aggressive contact<a href="http://www.momsteam.com/sports/hockey-ice/safety/youth-ice-hockey-safety-tips" target="_hplink"> is responsible for 46 per cent of all minor injuries in ice hockey, and 75 per cent of major injuries.</a> Body checking injuries are especially likely if someone is slammed into a goal post or up against the boards.
From The Experts: Fix The Rink
DO patch chips or holes on the rink so players don’t trip. If you’re at an indoor arena, advise one of the staff about any blemishes in the ice immediately. If you’re at an outdoor rink, flood and smooth out the uneven patches as soon as possible. If the ridge is particularly deep and it’s not possible to smooth it out right away, cover it with a brightly coloured pylon to help players avoid it.
From The Experts: Make Sure The Skates Fit
DON’T let your kids wear ill-fitting skates. In addition to falls and blisters,<a href="http://www.momsteam.com/sports/hockey-ice/safety/youth-ice-hockey-safety-tips" target="_hplink"> they could also lead to frostbite on cold ice rinks</a>, warns HealthyChildren.org. Be sure your kids try skates on while wearing the heavy winter socks they’ll be playing in so you don’t inadvertently buy skates that are too tight.
From The Experts: Keep The Rink Debris-Free
DO immediately clear debris off the ice, advises the City of Edmonton in its Ice Arena Guidelines. Whether it’s garbage or remnants of a broken hockey stick,<a href="http://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_recreation/sport_recreation/ice-arena-guidelines.aspx" target="_hplink"> any extra material on the ice could prove to be hazardous to skaters</a> whizzing by.
From The Experts: Extension Cords And Jockey Don't Mix
DON’T keep any extension cords that may be required for your floodlights on the ground, suggests The Backyard Ice Rink . If players don’t see them, <a href="http://www.backyardicerink.com/safety.html" target="_hplink">they may become tripping hazards</a> — or the players’ skates could even slice through the cords.
From The Experts: Teach Them To Fall Properly
DO encourage your kids to learn how to fall properly to avoid injuries, recommends the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. They should <a href="http://www.chp.edu/CHP/Ice+Hockey" target="_hplink">practice falling in a way that protects their limbs and, most importantly, their heads.</a>
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/AngelaRod"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/663060149/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/AngelaRod">AngelaRod</a>:<br />Have your orthodontist make you a custom made mouth guard, not only to help prevent concussion, but also to protect your teeth and smile while out there on the ice..
Educating at an early age
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/magaol"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/magaol">magaol</a>:<br />Early education on injury prevention is key! Ok, ok... 9 months old might be too early, but you know what I mean