Thursday, July 16, 2009

Hockey Gear In The Summer?

I haven't posted in the month of July yet, because hockey equipment isn't really on my mind at the moment. It gets really hot in the summer and putting on 10 pounds of hockey pads isn't my idea of a fun time. I tried playing in the heat before at an outside hockey rink and the result wasn't pretty. I got extremely sick and dizzy. Before you know it I couldn't even stand or move without feeling like I was going to vomit. I couldn't even skate home. I had to have someone come and drive me home. I felt absolutely awful and I drank about 2 bottles of Gatorade. Hockey wasn't on my mind for awhile after that experience. Trust me, try playing in the sweltering heat and it will kick your butt.

I would avoid playing hockey in the summer. Unless of course you want to ditch all your equipment and use just a stick and skates. I wouldn't recommend it, because if I'm going to play at all, I want to go all out and not have to hold back because I don't have pads on. Bottom line is, if you play 90 degree weather you will get dehydrated and feel extremely sick. Part of this has to do with the pads. The other part of this is the fact that you are skating around and sweating. This combination is dangerous. Hockey itself is dangerous enough as it is you don't need to compound that factor by adding scorching temperatures to the mix. Do yourself a favor, in the summertime, ditch the hockey gear and find something else to do.

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