Sledge Hockey is a seated version of Ice Hockey. It's fast and exciting, plus it's the only full contact team sport that people with a physical disability can play. Although most players have a disability or injury that prevents them from playing ice hockey, most sledge hockey clubs also have non-disabled players in their teams.
To play the game, the athlete is strapped into a low sledge which has two skate blades under the seat and a runner at the front. The blades are used for controlling the sledge, skating, and turning and the runner stops the front of the sledge from digging into the ice. Each player has two shortened, specially made, hockey sticks that have a dual purpose. The blades are at one end to control, pass, receive, and shoot the puck and at the other end you will find sharp metal picks which dig into the ice so that the player can propel themselves.
The rules are exactly the same as ice hockey apart from a few minor variations and the game is just as hard hitting and physical as the standing version of the sport. A certain amount of upper body strength is required to take part in this sport. For further details of local clubs call Joanna Coates on 029 2087 3935 / 0797 6056153 or email email@example.com
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