What is your sport: Ringette

Ringette is similar to hockey. Each team consists of 6 players skating on an ice rink with a net at either end. However, ringette involves the use of a straight stick and a rubber ring as opposed to a hockey stick and a puck. There are also slight differences in the rules. For instance, ringette allows no intentional body contact. It is also against the rules for players to carry the ring across the blue lines.  

Ringette players require excellent skating skills – as well as speed and agility. Further, the game becomes a mental one when the decision regarding plays are made. In addition, ringette players must acquire other necessary skills, such as passing and shooting, in order to succeed at the sport. 

Main Muscles Used in Ringette

Quadriceps, Hamstrings, Gluteal Muscles, Hip Flexors, Gastrocnemius, Soleus, Hip Adductors, Pectoralis Major, Triceps, Deltoids, Forearm Flexors, Forearm Extensors, Obliques, Rectus Abdominis, and the Transverse Abdominis 

Ringette Injuries

Common Muscle Injuries from Ringette

The most common ringette injuries include: 

  • Hip Injuries: Due to the repetitive movement of skating and frequent stops and pivots, the hip flexors and hip adductors are prone to injury, such as muscle strains. 
  • Knee Injuries: ACL, PCL, or meniscus tears may occur from quick changes in direction. 
  • Hamstring Strains: a hamstring strain may occur from overuse due to skating.  
  • Wrist Injuries: Wrist injuries can occur from shooting and passing. The flexors or extensors may become strained or aggravated. 
  • Concussions: Although not exactly a muscle injury, concussions are somewhat common amongst ringette players. 

How Can You Alleviate Your Ringette Injuries?

If you suffer a concussion, seek out medical attention immediately. For all other injuries, a visit with your doctor can help you properly diagnosis the problem. Use the R.I.C.E method after the initial onset of injury. Rest your affected limb. Ice for 15-20 minutes at a time. Depending on your injury, compression and elevation may also help alleviate swelling or fluid build-up.  

The Athlete’s Choice Massage team is proud to offer massage, orthopaedic assessment, osteopathy, sport taping, and acupuncture services. Our experienced and qualified team works to get you back to feeling your best post-injury. Start feeling better today. Get back on the ice faster. And book your next appointment with Athlete’s Choice Massage. 

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