Top 5 Amateur Sports Played in The UK

featured-imageThe UK has seen the birthplace of many wonderful and amazing sports that have taken the world by storm since their inception.

In fact, of the top five amateur sports that are being played in the UK, four out of five of them were invented here. I love sports more than anything.

I enjoy the friendly competition and the camaraderie, even though emotions can sometimes run high, especially in the wake of a foul. Continue reading

10 Adrenaline Fueled Sports From Around The World

feat-imageI love sports, and everything that has to do with them.While I regularly enjoy my homegrown sports such as hockey and football, I occasionally come across some very interesting and action packed sports that were developed in other countries.

Some are team sports, and others are martial art disciplines, but they all have one thing in common: they are physically and mentally challenging, and require a high degree of skill and fitness in order to compete. Continue reading

How to Shuttle Teams and Family/Friends to and from Meets

Ice Hockey GamePlaying hockey once in a while, I often do end up driving myself to far away meets every now and then. And more often than not, it is not just me who comes – the rest of my team comes too, which of course makes the logistics of things a bit difficult. Because then it is not only us who go – the family often comes too.

My own wife usually wants to go to my meets, and often my kids want to come too. And the same applies for my teammates. So then logistics really do get difficult. It’s fun, and I love just how supportive our families and friends are…but it’s really hard to shuttle tonnes of people to and fro different events!

So with that in mind, I finally decided to sit down and come up with several options as to how we can all arrange the logistics of things and see what we can do in order to more easily shuttle people to and from events. So far these ideas are what I have come up with.

Car Pooling
Car pooling is actually something that we already do. Often whoever has a vehicle that has extra room takes an extra passenger. We like it because it allows us to get closer as a team and as a gigantic family, but the truth is it’s still not enough.

The Benefits of Carpooling

Not all of us have cars, and we simply do not have enough car space to meet the amount of people that we have to shuttle to and fro. The supply does not meet the demand. So even if we do car pool, we will still have to arrange transport for the others who can’t get a ride.

Rent Vehicles
Bus RentalI had to give a think about car leasing – we could do this in order to cover the lack of cars… But at the same time we could all pitch in and rent a bus perhaps that can shuttle us all to the farther destinations.

We would probably end up saving in the end, and we would all be able to come in just the one vehicle. If we’re already spending on gas on our own cars, amongst other things, then at least a rented bus might make things a bit easier on us. At least that’s my opinion.

Public Transportation?
Public Transport SeatThis one I’m not entirely sure of. It doesn’t seem wise to take public transport when we’re lugging around equipment, coolers filled with food and beverages, and so on… It might make it very difficult. But at least this is the most cost effective option.

Weigh in – what do you think would be the best way for us to shuttle ourselves and our family/friends to and from our meets? Have you had much experience with leasing buses?

Which method do you think is the most practical and cost-effective? Or perhaps you have other suggestions… if you do, please leave a comment!

How to Store and Care for your Hockey Equipment

With all of my hockey gear hanging around the house, my wife was complaining that my stuff seemed to be absolutely everywhere now.

On top of that, hockey equipment kind of tends to stink – this is not my fault of course.

High powered activities will often leave you sweating like crazy, even if you are right there on the ice.

Since my wife decided that it was time for me to clean up my hockey equipment and store them somewhere else, I have decided to put together a mini tutorial about storing and caring for your equipment.

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Storage

Finding good storage for your hockey equipment can be problematic.

I originally stored all of my equipment in a cabinet, which turned out to be a bad idea as my whole wardrobe would start smelling like an old gym locker.

What you need is to find something that will allow your equipment to air out when not in use.

For that, I built a raised storage area for all the sports equipment in my home.

Along with my hockey armour and sticks, I also have enough space on my storage shelf to accommodate the stuff from my other sports ventures.

The raised storage area allows my stuff to air out, because it allows for some circulation from the bottom.

If you can afford it, you can also install a dehumidifier or purchase bags of silica gel to absorb excess moisture in the air.

Clean your equipment regularly

smells059.jpgHockey equipment typically gets drenched during every game with a combination of sweat and the shaved ice from your skates melting into it.

You will need to clean your equipment regularly by washing the inner linings and scrubbing down the armour with warm, soapy water.

To prevent your hockey skates from smelling, take out the insole and wash it.

If you cannot wash it, you can also air it out so that it can dry.

You can place it on your storage shelf once it has dried completely.

Wear a protective layer underneath your armour

I often wear a jersey underneath my armour but I also wear an additional protective layer to limit the amount of sweat that reaches my equipment.

I often wear a compression shirt to regulate my body temperature.

It works as a good barrier to keep moisture from reaching the armour.

Naturally, you will need several shirts as you will wash them often. It is also a good idea to have several jerseys too.

Storing and caring for your hockey equipment is not difficult.

Basically, you just need to wash it, air it out, and store it in a place with enough ventilation.

Cleaning your outermost equipment such as your skates and your helmet are easy enough, as you just need to wipe it down. Easy as pie.

How to Introduce Hockey to Children

 

 

I have always believed that getting the kids into an after school club is great for them. It broadens a child’s horizon and helps battle child hood obesity due to sedentary activities such as playing computer games and watching television.

When my son started to show interest in hockey, I jumped at the opportunity to teach him the basics. It was a great opportunity to bond with my child while simultaneously enjoying the greatest sport known to man (at least in my opinion. Hockey is definitely my favourite sport of all time).

I used some of my experience as an amateur hockey coach to teach my son, and eventually he learned how to play pretty well, even at his age. If you want some tips on how to introduce hockey to your own children, read on.

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Teach them how to skate

First things first: Teach your children how to skate before attempting any kind of hockey match! Ice skating takes a good deal of balance and skill, and it will take some time until your child can skate at a level that is suitable for hockey.

Meanwhile I found this video about About Youth Hockey Tips with Kenny McCudden:


Start by buying them skates that fit. The skates have to be snug, but not so tight that it creates blisters and foot pain. You should also buy your child a helmet, as well as knee, elbow, and wrist guards to prevent injuries on the ice. Once your child learns how to skate, you can start teaching them how to play hockey.

 

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Teach stick handling

Before you get into the basics of hockey, it is a good idea to start with stick handling. Make sure that you purchase a hockey stick that is appropriate for your child’s height as an adult sized hockey stick can be unwieldy and difficult to for them to handle.

Teach your child how to grip the stick and how to make a shot with the puck. Remember that stick handling is best introduced to a child who can already skate.

 

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Enrol a your child in a hockey program

Next, you should enrol your child in a hockey program. It can be an after school club or a weekend club. What is important is that your child gets to play with children of the same age as a team. It is a good idea to encourage your child to pass often, as unselfish players are more well liked and a better asset to the team in general.

A hockey program can also teach your child sportsmanship and better social skills, and also allows them to make their own decisions while on the ice.

When introducing your child to hockey, it is important that you keep your child safe. Be encouraging and never put too much pressure on your child, and try to listen to what he or she wants to do. My son fell in love with the sport just as much as I did, and is now the best on his team. I am so proud of him.

 

How to Recover from Post Work-Out Soreness

WarriorHockey3So…sports is all fun, we all know that. I love hockey, and in the absence of hockey I love football and yes, even basketball and baseball/softball.

Can’t help it.

I’m a sports aficionado and an athlete at heart, even though I was never truly able to make a career out of it.

But of course I have to complement my athletic training and efforts with other work outs too–which is why I also am a member at a gym close by my home.

It’s actually great because my sports games and practices are my cardio..so at the gym I only do weight training and some other exercises I can’t do while playing hockey.

Unfortunately sometimes I do tend to come home sore.

Working my body with both hockey and then weight lifting pretty much ensures that I’m almost always sore in one way or another.

It’s hard when I have a hockey meet or game coming up and I’ve got a stiff shoulder… not good for winning games.

I use a clinic in Leeds for a great sports massage to get over that.

But not everyone is able to get massages all the time, I mean even I’m not always able…

so here are a few techniques on how to recover from post work out soreness.

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If you are sore, then one way that you can reduce your soreness is to move.

I don’t mean that you should lift weights.. fact is lifting weights when you are sore from a previous work out will just ensure that you are damaging your body and hurting yourself.

When I mean move, I mean light movement.

Do a little cardio.

Stay gentle and listen to your body. Increase intensity if you feel like you can, but do not push yourself too far.

If you work one muscle group at a time, then you can lift weights still–but make sure that you work other muscles–not the ones that are sore.

Also touch your sore muscles–if they are painful to the touch then don’t work out, rest.

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Massages work excellent for sore muscles–if you cannot get a professional massage then you can at least massage yourself.

Or you can purchase yourself one of those hand held vibrating massagers.

Protein

When you are in recovery mode, you will need to eat protein.

Protein is good–it helps your body rebuild muscle and at the same time is healthy and is needed by your body.

You need to give your body the food that it needs–always.

Vitamins and minerals too, but to rebuild muscle protein is what is most necessary.

Drink Water

Make sure that you drink your recommended amount of water daily–your intake of this matters, especially if you are exercising and playing a lot of sports…

This is because you need to replace the fluid you sweat out.

Otherwise you will end up dehydrated–and this is most definitely not good!

Get the Right Amount of Sleep

And of course, you are definitely going to need to get the right amount of sleep.

Rest allows your body to recover and rebuild.

This helps to lessen soreness–you always wake up feeling better the next day!

Being a Good Coach and Team Player

 

A couple of weeks ago…or actually three weeks ago, I was asked by some people to fill in as coach for a small team I play on. It turned out our coach needed to recover from an illness so I was acting coach for about a week—really only a couple of practices and a small meet.

 

I don’t really have much experience with coaching. Okay, that was pretty much my only experience with coaching. But I did my best, and I think accredited coaching training must have helped even though that training was in something else.

 

Being able to fill in gave me some insight as to what it must take to be a good coach.

 

After the week I spent being ‘coach’, I think I gained a new appreciation for the men (and women) of today who spend day in and day out being coaches. What does it take to be a good coach? Well, these are only my thoughts of course, but here it goes anyway.

 

Patience
To be able to head a team it’s important to have patience. I know I really got my patience tested when I coached for a week..and that was just a week!

 

Meanwhile Here is a video discussing the characteristics of a respected coach:

Imagine how difficult it must be for the coaches who spend their lives actually having to be patient. I think I would have ended up going crazy if I had to deal with the same things that they do.

 

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Knowledge of the Game
And of course, to be a good coach, you have to be able to lead your team into victory. That means knowing, inside and out, the rules of the sport you are coaching for.

 

That involves rules and plays so that you can form strategies that can help you to win games and take home trophies. No coach will succeed if they do not know what they are doing—in fact they will end up quickly replaced. I’m lucky I was such a fan of hockey.

 

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Knowledge of Each Player
And of course to be able to effectively run a team, you have to know every player on the team. You have to know their strengths and weaknesses, who gets along well with who and who doesn’t.

 

It helps you to form strategies as well, to make plays that will win you the game. And of course, it will make it easier to get your team’s trust and attention. Connecting with them on a personal level may also be important, to make it easier for you to get through to them if you ever have the need to do so.

 

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Being Able to Unite a Team
Motivation is one of the keys to success. And a good coach should be able to motivate their team to success.

 

That doesn’t just mean locker room speeches and pep talks—there has to be something there, something more personal. An infectious energy that really just makes your team want to win.

 

Workout Tips for Hockey Players

 

One of the things that I had difficulty with when I first started playing hockey was that I simply was not fit enough to be on the ice. While I could certainly hold my own, I realized that I do not have the endurance or the muscle mass that I needed to match my fellow team mates.

One day, when I was feeding my pet dry instead of wet dog food, I realized that I should not limit myself to just the ice, I should work out on land too! For those wondering why I thought of that while feeding my dog, the truth is that my analogy is shaky at best.

The wet dog food reminded me of the cold, wet ice, while the dry reminded me of land. Does that make sense to you?

Either way, I knew that if I wanted to be fit enough for hockey, I better start exercising off the ice as well as on it. After all, other people will be using the local skating rink, and I did not have complete access to it at all times.

I mentioned in one of my previous articles that I was mostly unfit for hockey and that any new hockey player should focus on fitness in order to improve his or her game.

In this article, I will be focusing on more specific workout tips that work best for hockey players. Hockey is an intense, fast paced sport that requires a lot of strength, balance, and stamina.

 

Here are the best workout tips for hockey players:

 

Running sprints

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Running sprints are great for building up both power and endurance. What you want to do is to do several repetitions of quick running sprints. Sprinting is defined as an explosive burst of power while running over a short distance.

It is different from endurance running because you focus more on building speed and strength rather than stamina. However, several subsequent sprints also require a fair bit of stamina, otherwise, you will burn out.

 

Squats and other core building exercises

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Squats help open up your pelvic muscles and strengthen your core. Remember that hockey is a game that is played on one’s legs, and keeping your balance while maintaining speed on the ice means that you will spend a lot of time in the squatting position.

The reason behind this is that lowering your body in a squat also lowers your centre of gravity while simultaneously reducing wind resistance.

Squatting and doing other core building exercises protects your lower body and also strengthens your knees so that you can keep your speed on the ice.

 

Single leg dead lifts

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Single leg dead lifts are there to strengthen your individual legs. By doing lunges and lifting with one leg at a time while carrying weights, you get your body used to carrying weight on only one leg at a time.

This is important for hockey, which will require you to skate on leg at a time, especially when doing sharp turns while skating.

Now, for you to be able to become a skilled ice hockey player here’s an Extremely Effective Ice hockey training techniques:

The Greatest Game Played On Ice

I love several sports but I was not really a fan of ice hockey until I was able to play the game during my teenage years.  My friends and I would play ice hockey during the weekends.

 

I became even more interested with it after watching a live ice hockey tournament firsthand when I was in college. It was when my dad, an ardent hockey fan, took me to watch the playoffs with him. This game is not like baseball and football as it is really aggressive, exciting and fast-paced.

 

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 At the sporting arena, you can see a lot of avid fans cheering loudly for their favourite hockey team or players. Some are even dressed up in hockey outfits. The crowd of fans is filled with a lot of excitement and anticipation while watching the action that is happening on ice.

 

Having attended an ice hockey summer camp and school was one of the best educational and athletic experiences that I ever had.  I was able to gain an understanding of what it is like to be a student athlete and have developed my hockey skills.

 

Our coaches have the tremendous passion to teach us the exciting ice hockey game; they kept us interested and engaged.  The coach identified our strengths and weaknesses and worked on from there.

 

They introduced different hockey drills which made the game interesting and less monotonous.

 

The training environment was very challenging yet fun-filled. The ice hockey training and drills taught me not just the sport itself but pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me improve the way I play the game.

 

We spent several hours on ice, had strengthening and conditioning exercises, learned the proper defensive positions and offensive tactics, forechecking and watched videos of NHL players.

 

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 Generally, there were dynamic workouts, on-ice training, off-ice training, off-ice activities as well as skills development.

 

Ice hockey is a physically and mentally demanding game played on ice. It requires a lot of stamina, agility, athleticism, and a number of essential skills such as skating, stopping, turning, stickhandling, passing, taking shots, pushing off, deking, checking and goalie skills.

 

To be a professional hockey player, one needs to have exceptional skating skills, good puck and stick handling skills, excellent hand-eye coordination, good forechecking ability, good work ethics plus the ability to work as a team.

 

It takes a long time to master all of these skills hence regular practice is a must.

 

Coaching ice hockey is like performing a juggling act which is a tough job. Hockey coaches have plenty of things to keep track of.

 

They are always faced with challenges such as keeping less-advanced players engaged, helping advanced players continue to improve their games and building team work.

 

A good coach will do everything to help his players take their skills to the next level, reach their maximum fitness levels and achieve highest potential. Added to that, he can inspire and persuade the entire team to push themselves to the limit.

 

Meanwhile here is a documentary video about the origins and history of Hockey:

Many coaches today attend training in advanced presentation skills to improve their communication skills including public speaking and presentation.

 

 This training tackles the various communication techniques and will help address your public speaking issues and improve the verbal, vocal and visual aspects of your presentation which is important to become a likeable, professional and effective coach.

 

Ice hockey remains to be a very popular team sport and also an attraction for massive spectators. It’s the greatest game played on ice.

 

How To Deal With Dental Negligence

Have you ever had an accident while playing sports, like your favorite game of hockey or football? It’s not fun but it does happen from time to time and you really have to be careful not to get hurt.

 

I have had an accident where I landed on my face and hurt my mouth in the past. Trust me, it’s not fun at all. My mouth ended up bleeding for a while and I really had to go to the dentist to take care of my teeth because I had knocked one out and I felt like others were damaged as well.

 

I need to get dental treatment but the dentist did not give me the care necessary. At first it was bearable but eventually the pain got too much to live with. Despite repeat visits to the dentist I still ended up suffering to the point where I could barely eat.

 

The dentist kept insisting that all I needed was a root canal for one of my teeth that got affected by the fall, but it really seemed like it wasn’t helping despite my fifth root canal.

 

I started to feel like my dentist was committing dental negligence. We’ve all heard about medical negligence, but not all of us have heard about dental negligence just yet. But lo and behold, it exists!

 

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Let us first discuss what dental negligence is. Medical negligence is defined as the failure of a medical professional to provide care and treatment within the standards set in the industry.

 

It could happen through misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, incorrect prescription of medicine, surgical errors, etc. So given that this is what medical negligence is about we can infer that dental negligence is the failure of a dental professional to provide care and treatment within the standard set in the industry.

 

By the failure of my dentist to correctly identify the problem in my tooth and fix it quickly enough so I do not end up suffering, my dentist is committing negligence.

 

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The first thing that you should do is to make a record of everything that you are going through. Write down all your treatments including the ones that you have had in the past from the same dentist, write down all of your medications, then write down what you are feeling.

 

Be specific–give the details of what kind of pain you are feeling; is the pain radiating, throbbing, or dull? This will serve as a record that you will then give to your solicitor. Speaking of which, you should definitely hire solicitors for dental negligence.

 

Or really, just one. Initial consultations are usually free so you can get in touch with one and decide if they are the right solicitor for you.

 

Meanwhile an Ex-military invented a new Helmet that could prevent Hockey Head Injuries:

Make sure that you hire a solicitor who is in good standing with the Bar Association, and has actually one cases in the past related to or similar to yours. Disclose all the facts with them including the Journal that you so that they can file a claim for you and so you can get compensation for your pain and suffering.

 

Most solicitors work on a contingency basis, where they only get paid once you get your settlement. This to be the best way to upgrade so that you do not have to pay your solicitors out-of-pocket and upfront.
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Improve Your Fitness to Improve Your Sport

When it comes to a sport such as hockey, it’s best to be as fit as possible so that you can keep up with the game. You can’t play a game and skate around the ring if you get breathless climbing up the stairs.

 

For a time I was completely unfit and it wasn’t fun to try and get into hockey when you can hardly run a mile, let me tell you that. So if you are wanting to get into hockey or having trouble playing hockey, you may want to improve your fitness in order to improve your sport.

 

Here’s Top ten Motivational Health and Fitness Tips from Rob Beale:

I’ve been there and I’ve done that, so if you want a few tips on how you can improve yourself and your fitness, just keep reading. Your results may vary, but these are the things I’ve experienced and they worked well for me.

 

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This much goes without saying—take care of your body. Cut down your fast food consumption, as well as your junk food consumption, and instead eat more healthy foods. Eat leafy greens and other vegetables, fruits, and lean meat.

 

Take some supplements like a multi-vitamin to put your body in optimal condition. And most importantly get enough sleep—this way your body can rest and recover from all your workouts. Sleep is the most important thing as this allows your muscles to repair and build up.

 

Get Fit
It’s a good idea to exercise so that your body can become more accustomed to physical exertion. If you get used to it you’ll be able to keep up during hockey games, and you’ll no longer have to take breaks when climbing up several flights of stairs.

 

Actually, let me tell you a bit of a secret—I actually go to the gym, too, but I don’t spend any money on a membership whatsoever.

 

This is because we train using the outdoor fitness equipment at our local park. It has almost everything I need not only for cardio but also to tone up. It’s a great way to get fit and build up muscle.

 

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Change Your Lifestyle
The easiest way for you to become more fit is to change your lifestyle. Change your diet—include more healthy food and eliminate the bad foods, or at least significantly lessen them.

 

Take the stairs instead of the elevator when possible (like, say, for 4 to 5 floors, or even more if you are up to the challenge). Park farther away so you’ll have a longer walk to the store whenever you shop.

 

Use the bike instead of the car whenever possible. I like that last tip the most because not only are you burning calories and running on your own energy, you’re also saving a bunch of money by not spending on gas. It’s a win-win situation for me.

 

Keeping fit is the best way to make yourself a great player—so don’t take your fitness for granted!

The Five Different Types of Hockey

feat-imageI am a huge hockey fan and I have been playing it casually since I was a teenager. Since joining my local club here at York, I have been playing and training every week, competing with neighboring towns in friendly matches.

Hockey is a sport of skill and coordination, and you have to be able to move at high speeds on a set of skates or on your feet, all while you are driving a puck or a ball towards your opponent’s goal.

There are currently five different subsets of hockey, and all of them share some similarities. I will not include games such as air hockey or underwater hockey, but will only include the land based sports.

Ice Hockey

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Ice hockey is probably the most popular of the sports and is characterized by being played on a large slab of flat ice.

While there are many outdoor versions of the sport, there are ice skating rinks that are specifically designed to host hockey matches.

Ice skates, complete with helmets and Armour are worn by the players. They also have long, L-shaped hockey sticks that they use to drive the puck towards the opponent’s goal.

The puck is made of a vulcanized rubber disc. There are six members on each team, including the goalie.

Field Hockey

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Field hockey is played in a field, on sand, or on gravel. The players do not require skates. The game is similar to ice hockey but instead of using a puck, field hockey uses a small hard ball instead.

In field hockey, the players also wear less protection than in ice hockey. Some matches do not require the use of helmets, but others do. There are 11 players on each team.

Take a look and enjoy this funny hockey bloopers from the 2014 NHL:


Roller Hockey

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There are roughly two kinds of roller hockey available. One requires the use of in-line skates, where the wheels are arranged in one line on each foot.

On the other hand, quad skates feature four wheels arranged with two wheels at the front of the foot, and two at the back.

Roller hockey is played in a roller court or a skating rink. It also uses a ball instead of a puck, and there are five players on each team: one goalie and four skaters.

Street Hockey

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Street hockey is the one that requires the least amount of space. You can even use interesting outdoor playground equipment for schools to create your own goal and playing field.

Street hockey only requires a small ball and some hockey sticks, and a goal. Since it can be played in a relatively small area, it can be played on the street, within playgrounds, or even in a large garage or parking space.

Since street hockey is a casual game, the number of players can vary, but average at five players on each team.

Sledge Hockey

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Sledge hockey is also called sled hockey. It is often played by players who have lower body disabilities.

The sled is designed to stay close to the ground, so that it is easy to slide across the ice. The hockey sticks are quite short as well.