(Last Updated on : 23/02/2017)
Equipments of Hockey
include the jockstrap, hockey stick, hockey puck, Hockey helmet, Neck guard, Shoulder pads, Hockey jersey, Glove, Hockey pants and Shin guard.
A jockstrap also known as a jock, jock strap, strap, supporter, or athletic supporter, is an undergarment for supporting the male genitalia during cycling, sports or other vigorous physical activity and now commonly worn as everyday underwear.
A hockey stick is a piece of equipment used in field hockey, ice hockey, roller hockey or underwater hockey to move the ball or puck. The sticks are approximately 150–200 cm long, composed of a long, slender shaft and a flat extension at one end called the blade. The curved part where the blade and the shaft meet is called a taper. The blade is the part of the stick used to contact the puck, and is typically 10 to 15 inches long. Stick dimensions can vary widely, as they are usually built to suit a particular player's size. Taller players usually use longer sticks. There is some variance on the height of the stick in preference of the player. A player favouring fast stick handling and good puck control would opt for a shorter stick, while a player wanting a harder, faster shot would opt for a longer stick. Oftentimes defenseman use longer sticks than forwards. The blade's angle depends on the height of the stick, but is usually positioned around 45 degrees. The blade is often curved in the direction towards which the skater moves forward, to aid in retaining or lifting the puck off the playing surface. This curvature of the stick greatly increases the speed of the player's shot. The downside to the increased curvature is that shots on the backhand side of the stick are more difficult to execute and are less accurate and/or not as powerful. The shaft of the stick is fairly rigid, but it has some flexibility to benefit some shots. Common ice hockey shots include: wrist shot, slap shot, snap shot and backhand.
A hockey puck is a disk made of vulcanized rubber that serves the same functions in various games as a ball does in ball games. The best-known use of pucks is in ice hockey, a major international sport.
A shin guard or shin pad is a piece of equipment worn on the front of a players shin to protect them from injury. These are commonly used in sports including association football (soccer), baseball, ice hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, rugby, cricket, and other sports.
Hockey helmet is worn by players of ice hockey, inline hockey, and bandy to help protect the head from potential injury when hit by the puck, sticks, skates, boards, other players, or the ice.
A neck guard is a piece of protective equipment worn by an ice hockey player around the neck area. The guard is designed to prevent injury to the neck by pucks, hockey sticks, and skate blades.
Elbow pads are protective padded gear worn on the elbows to protect them against injury during a fall or a strike.
Hockey socks are ankle-to-thigh garments worn over protective gear by ice hockey players. They are fitted, traditionally made of a cotton or synthetic rib-knit fabric.