Hockey is a sport played by two teams of 11 players trying to manoeuvre a hockey puck or ball into the opponents' goal using hockey sticks. Field hockey can be played on gravel, natural grass, sand-based or water-based artificial turf with a small, hard ball. Hockey games are popular among both sexes and played in 132 countries around the world. The modern game of hockey grew in the early 19th century from English public schools. The Hockey Association was founded in 1886 and the first international game took place in 1895. It has been played at nearly all of the Summer Olympic Games since 1908.

Hockey Health Benefits

Hockey offers a full-body workout including both aerobic elements due to the fast paced nature and anaerobic elements by relying on all of the body's major muscle groups. This promotes healthy weight, develops the cardiovascular system, builds endurance and improves the muscle strength of the body. It also contributes to good hand-eye coordination, balance and agility and spontaneous responses and reactions. The game has a stop-start nature, which makes it a form of interval training, giving even greater cardio benefits.

Common Hockey Injuries

Some of the most common hockey injuries can occur due to the sudden bursts of speed and change of direction such as hamstring strain and ankle sprains. More serious hockey injuries result from being struck by the ball or stick, mostly to the hand and forearm. Although they are less likely, injuries to the head and jaw can cause the most severe damage. Spine pain and even disc herniations can occur due to the bending and rotating required during hockey games. Knee injuries of all types can be frequent and often fractures to the feet when the ball hits at high speed.

Hockey Insurance for Individuals and Hockey Teams

Sportsinsurance4u offers a wide variety of plans, from cover for individual hockey players and hockey teams, to Public Liability Insurance for coaches, clubs and associations.

Sports Accident Insurance

General & Medical via Sportsinsurance4u can offer you a comprehensive range of hockey accident insurance providing cash benefits for sports injuries such as breaks and dislocations, as well as income protection and disablement cover. Cover is also available for accidental injury whilst travelling to and from a scheduled match, training session or competition or whilst on an organised tour.

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Sports Health Insurance

Our Sports Health Insurance for semi-professional and professional hockey players offers all of the standard benefits of Private Health Insurance along with important cover for sports related injuries.

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As an alternative for amateur hockey players, General & Medical can also offer Private Health Insurance for you and your family, whether you are on a budget or whether you are looking for the most comprehensive levels of protection.

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