Ringette

How to play Ringette

Ringette is a team sport played on ice with skaters using a straight stick to pass, carry, and shoot a rubber ring toward the opposing team’s net. The objective of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team.

Here’s how to play ringette:

  1. Divide the players into two teams. Each team will have six players on the ice, including a goaltender.
  2. Start the game by dropping the ring between the two teams at center ice. The team that wins the faceoff can begin play by passing the ring to a teammate or skating with it themselves.
  3. Players can pass the ring to their teammates by using their sticks to hit the ring in the direction of their teammates. They can also skate with the ring themselves, but they are not allowed to kick the ring or use their hand to touch it.
  4. The team with possession of the ring can attempt to score by shooting the ring into the opposing team’s net. The goaltender is the only player who is allowed to use their hands to stop the ring.
  5. If the ring goes out of bounds, play is stopped and the faceoff takes place at the nearest faceoff spot to where the ring went out of bounds.
  6. The game is divided into three periods, each lasting 15 minutes. The team with the most goals at the end of the game is declared the winner.
  7. There are several rules and penalties in ringette, including penalties for high sticking, tripping, and roughing. These penalties result in the offending player being sent to the penalty box for a set amount of time, during which their team must play short-handed.

Muscles Used in Ringette

Ringette is a physically demanding sport that requires the use of a variety of muscle groups. Skating and stickhandling require strength, power, and endurance in the legs and core, while shooting and passing require strength and precision in the upper body and shoulders.

Here are some of the main muscle groups used in ringette:

  1. Quadriceps: The quadriceps muscles, located in the front of the thigh, are responsible for extending the knee and providing power during skating strides.
  2. Hamstrings: The hamstrings, located in the back of the thigh, are responsible for flexing the knee and providing stability during skating turns.
  3. Gluteal muscles: The gluteal muscles, located in the buttocks, are responsible for extending the hip and providing power during skating strides.
  4. Core muscles: The core muscles, including the abdominal muscles and the muscles of the lower back, provide stability and balance during skating and stickhandling.
  5. Deltoids: The deltoid muscles, located in the shoulders, are responsible for raising the arms and providing power during shooting and passing.
  6. Triceps: The triceps muscles, located in the back of the upper arm, are responsible for extending the elbow and providing power during shooting and passing.
  7. Biceps: The biceps muscles, located in the front of the upper arm, are responsible for flexing the elbow and providing stability during stickhandling.

In addition to these muscle groups, ringette players also use the muscles of the hands, wrists, and forearms to grip and control the stick. Overall, playing ringette requires a combination of strength, power, endurance, and coordination.

Injuries from Ringette

Like any physical activity, there is a risk of injury while playing ringette. Some common injuries in ringette include:

  1. Sprains and strains: These injuries can occur when a joint is stretched or twisted beyond its normal range of motion. They can be caused by falls, collisions, or overuse.
  2. Fractures: These injuries occur when a bone is broken or cracked. They can be caused by falls, collisions, or direct blows to the body.
  3. Dislocations: These injuries occur when a bone is forced out of its normal position within a joint. They can be caused by falls, collisions, or direct blows to the body.
  4. Concussions: These injuries occur when the brain is shaken or jarred inside the skull, causing a temporary loss of normal brain function. They can be caused by falls, collisions, or direct blows to the head.

To reduce the risk of injury while playing ringette, it is important to wear proper protective equipment, including a helmet, mouthguard, and shoulder, elbow, and knee pads. Players should also be aware of their surroundings and try to avoid collisions whenever possible.

If an injury does occur, it is important to seek medical attention and follow proper recovery protocols to ensure a full and safe return to play.

How to rehab your Ringette Injuries?

If you have sustained an injury while playing ringette, it is important to follow a proper rehabilitation plan to ensure a full and safe return to play. Here are some general steps to follow when rehabilitating a ringette injury:

  1. Seek medical attention: If you have sustained a serious injury, such as a fracture or concussion, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. A healthcare professional can diagnose your injury and provide you with a treatment plan.
  2. Rest and ice: After an injury, it is important to allow the affected area to rest and heal. This may involve reducing or stopping physical activity for a period of time. You can also use ice to reduce swelling and pain.
  3. Gradually increase activity: As you begin to heal, you can gradually increase your activity level. Start with gentle stretches and exercises that are specific to your injury and do not cause pain. Over time, you can gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts as your strength and range of motion improve.
  4. Seek the guidance of a healthcare professional or sports therapist: A healthcare professional or sports therapist can provide you with guidance on your rehabilitation plan and help you progress safely and effectively. They can also provide you with specific exercises and stretches to help improve your strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
  5. Use proper protective equipment: To reduce the risk of re-injury, it is important to use proper protective equipment, such as a helmet, mouthguard, and shoulder, elbow, and knee pads, when you return to play.

By following these steps, you can help ensure a full and safe recovery from a ringette injury. If you have any questions or concerns about your rehabilitation plan, it is important to speak with a healthcare professional or sports therapist.

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