If you're planning on attending one of the drop-in sessions to ice skate at the Bob Snodgrass Rec-plex in High River, you're going to need to bring a helmet.

As of last January, the arena has made it mandatory to wear a helmet if you're on their ice.

Alberta Health Services says, a properly fitting helmet approved by the Canadian Standards Association, can greatly reduce the risk of injury.

They say it's better to wear a bike helmet than forgoing a helmet altogether and they should be buckled up securely with no more than a two finger space between your neck and the chinstrap.

In addition, AHS says it's a good practice to buy a new helmet every five years and to make sure you're wearing additional protective equipment such as mouth guards and elbow and knee pads if you're going to be playing some shinny or pond hockey.

A list of program times at the Bob Snodgrass Rec-plex can be found here.


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