Ice hockey is a popular sport in a small number of countries which includes North America, Russia and a range of European countries. It is however an Olympic sport and is becoming popular in more and more countries.
The origin of ice hockey is unknown but it is thought that it evolved from the game of field hockey which has been played in Europe for hundreds of years. The first recorded information on ice hockey was in 1860 when it was played on a frozen lake in Ontario, Canada by a group of Englishmen. The first set of rules was set by two university students in Montreal and from there the sport spread throughout Canada to America and then the rest of the world.
Ice hockey is a full contact sport that is physically highly demanding, which, added to the fact that it is played on ice results in a high level of injuries. Professional teams have their own physiotherapists but in the lower echelons of the game many players find themselves having to visit independent physiotherapists and sports injury clinics.
It is crucially important that hockey injuries are assessed by trained and qualified health specialists to ensure they are fully and properly treated. We would always recommend using only qualified physiotherapists and ideally ones who are part of an association of other health care professionals who can offer a comprehensive range of services for all your health care requirements.
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