Hockey Injuries: More Than Just Upper Body and Lower Body

Hockey Injuries: More Than Just Upper Body and Lower Body

In professional sports, player injury reports often are vague — described only as “upper body” or “lower body”. Dharmesh Vyas, MD, PhD, an orthopaedic surgeon with UPMC Sports Medicine and the head team doctor for the Pittsburgh Penguins®, discusses common hockey injuries, including treatment and prevention. Upper body injuries can include everything from head injuries to shoulder dislocations and elbow, wrist, and hand injuries. Lower body injuries, meanwhile, can include leg and ankle injuries, hip injuries, and lower back issues. Upper body injuries are defined as injuries that occur above the waist. While most upper body injuries in hockey occur...

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