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For spring break this past year my family and I went to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was asked to participate with some research for people with limited arm use at the University of Pittsburgh (more on that later). While we were there we had the opportunity to see a professional hockey game. I’m not the biggest sports fan, but I do enjoy an occasional game especially if it’s an adapted sport. Before the game I was talking to one of the doctors and he said in addition to typical hockey they also had a sledge hockey team. I’m not extremely familiar with sledge hockey, mainly because there is rarely ice on the ground in Birmingham, Alabama. Even though I had heard about it, I was intrigued and wanted to find out more about the sport. I did some research and here is what I found.
The sport was invented in the early 1960s at a rehab center in Stockholm, Sweden. It took a while before the game was accepted and grew in popularity. Unlike typical hockey the other end of the stick has pointy teeth, which aids the player to maneuver across the ice. The penalty and player’s boxes are built flush with the ice so the players can access them independently. The major rule change between typical hockey and sledge hockey is that in sledge hockey the player may tee-charge an opponent with any part of the front radius of the sled. I also found out about power hockey and would love the chance to play.
Whether or not you enjoy hockey, go outside, get some vitamin D and just be active!
Article on Sledge Hockey