Thank you to all of our hard working members who are navigating the evolving COVID-19 situation. We all realize that these are challenging times, but we will get through this pause and back to the game we all love. Hockey Alberta would like to wish all of the hard working volunteers and your families a happy and healthy holiday season!
The focus of this month’s safety newsletter is athlete well-being.
Warmup, Cooldown, and Stretching
One of the most effective ways to prevent common injuries is to ensure that the athlete is prepared for physical activity, which starts with a proper warm up, cool down, and stretching routine. A good warm up increases blood flow throughout the body, decreases the resistance in joints and muscles, and reduces the risk of strains and pulls. Cooling down allows for a reduction in muscle soreness, less likelihood of feeling dizzy or fainting, and a reduction of adrenaline in the body. Finally, a good stretching routine increases the range of motion in the body, creates greater strength, and improves overall performance. Hockey Canada has created an in depth guide to warm up, cool down, and stretching which can be accessed through Hockey Alberta’s website.
Information on warmups, cooldowns, and stretching can found on the Hockey Alberta Player Safety page.
Whether an athlete is competing at the highest level or just participating for fun, having a healthy lifestyle can be key in achieving hockey success and compliments the benefits of physical activity. Proper nutrition is critical in a child’s development and crucial to performance. In addition, good nutrition habits can last a lifetime. Another habit that is important to overall well-being and performance is sleep. Sleep is the foundation for your child to be at his or her best at home, in school, and at the rink. Hockey Alberta has partnered with industry experts to create resources for these important lifestyle behaviors, including a video from Edmonton Oilers Physician Dr. Dhiren Naidu discussing the importance of nutrition.
Information on nutrition can be found on the Hockey Alberta Nutrition page.
Information on lifestyle habits can be found on the Hockey Alberta Sleep and Lifestyle page.
Bullying, Abuse, and Harassment
A hockey dressing room should be a safe and fun environment that is free of bullying, abuse, and harassment. These behaviors are unacceptable and it is the responsibility of everyone to ensure that our participants are safe from such behaviors. As a leader in your association, awareness, understanding, and preparation are key to ensure that such situations are managed properly. Hockey Alberta has complied and created numerous resources to help our members navigate these types of situations.
Information on bullying, abuse, and harassment can found on the Hockey Alberta Game and Conduct page.
Attitude and Respect
The foundation of player well-being is the attitude of our participants and the respect that we give ourselves and each other. This respect is created by remembering the positive impact we would like to have on the players, maintaining the spirit of good competition, encouraging life long healthy habits and behaviors, and creating an environment that is positive, where people can speak up should they feel concerns about their health, well-being, or safety.