How To Adjust A Hockey Helmet? [Facts!]

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The rules and regulations for ice hockey have changed over the years and now protect the player’s safety more than ever before. That being said, some people still play by the rules as they were and use old-school methods to adjust their gear and remain safe while on the ice.

Here are some of the things you may have forgotten about, or been afraid to try out because of the rules:

Hitting Yourself With A Stick

If you’re not used to it, it’s very easy to start hurting yourself when playing hockey. Maybe you’ve noticed that your shots aren’t as powerful as they used to be because you’re not physically hitting the puck as much as before. Don’t worry, you’re not alone in feeling this way, and there are tricks to getting your shot back!

Since the inception of the game, referees have been using their whistle to protect the puck carrier and reduce the number of injuries caused by checking (hitting or throwing the puck at another player). However, there has always been the issue of how to whistle when the puck is on the stick.

Because of this, players have always tried to find ways to hit themselves with the puck in an attempt to make themselves more physical and powerful. Some of the methods you may have tried include:

  • Tucking it under your arm
  • Hitting yourself with it every time you got checked (which is basically every shift)
  • Putting the puck in your mouth and biting down on it (ouch)
  • Fishing for the puck in the ice using only your nose, or an actual hook
  • Using a broom handle or baseball bat to swipe at the puck (very dangerous)

Although this may all seem silly to someone who has never tried it, hitting yourself with a hockey stick has always been a part of the game. Believe it or not, some of the most legendary hockey players of all time were literally ‘throwing’ themselves at the puck in an attempt to increase their shooting power! Whether you decide to give it a go or not, it’s up to you, but you should at least know the basics of how to properly hit yourself with a hockey stick.

Putting Pucks In Your Hand

An old-school method of hitting harder is to put a puck in your hand before every shift. This is a great way to practice your stickhandling without having to worry about anyone else’s safety, and it also forces you to use your head instead of your arms. If you’ve been trying to improve your slapshot, putting a puck in your hands before each shift and working on your shots is a great way to do it. If not, you’re always welcome to just use your arms like usual.

Dressing In Layer After Layer

When the weather starts getting colder and you don’t have enough layers to keep you warm, it’s time to add more clothes. That being said, some players choose to take this one step further and wear more than one hat to stay warm. It’s not exactly a fashion statement, but rather a way of protecting themselves from overheating, especially while playing hockey in the wintertime. This is one of the reasons why some people consider hockey a ‘winter sport’.

There is also evidence that shows how putting more layers on contributes to hitting the puck harder. When the temperature starts dropping, your body heat starts to be drawn away from your head, and what happens then? The helmet basically traps heat, keeping it close to your head where it belongs instead of letting it escape and causing your hair to wilt.

The Evolution Of The Face Mask

Speaking of wilt, another issue that cropped up over the years was the effect that the helmet was having on the players’ hair. As mentioned, the helmet was created to keep the heat close to the head instead of letting it escape, but there were also people who started wearing the helmet purely as a fashion statement, cutting off their hair as a result. The problem with this is that once the heat is no longer trapped near the head, the body’s temperature drops rapidly, causing you to become less effective and more susceptible to injury.

Thankfully, technological advancements in materials and design have allowed for the development of impact-resistant face masks, preventing these issues from happening.

Trying New Things

It’s important not to get stuck in a rut when trying to improve your game. As previously stated, players have always tried to find ways to increase their shooting power, so why not? If you’ve been meaning to try out a new hockey shooting device, there’s no reason not to give it a go. Just make sure that you are aware of the proper way to use it and how much force you should be applying.

Even if you don’t end up using it, you may learn something from trying out a new tool. Remember that old saying, ‘there is always room for improvement’? Well, in this case, it truly is true. We’re always looking to learn more, develop new skills, and break old habits, and that’s what makes this game so great!

If any of this has given you an idea on how to better your game or if you just want to stay safe while playing hockey, then be sure to check out these awesome tips and tricks from experts and the people who played the game before you.

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