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Beer league hockey

Anyone out there find themselves back on the ice after a lumbar fusion?

Beer league is "non contact" however I fractured my patella from being hit in a league so we know that is not always the case. I really want to return to the ice as what is the point of living without doing what we love.


  • I answered your other post. :-)

    As far as beer league hockey is concerned, I'm not sure what that is! Perhaps being in the UK is why I haven't heard of it before.

    A spinal fusion will change your spine forever and it will never be perfect.
    However, as you are young, your healing should go well and there are many who do get back to sports. I advise that you wait for a year (or until your surgeon recommends) so that your vertebrae have fused and become strong.
    If you are only having one level fused you will probably not notice any loss of movement.

    Good luck :-)

  • Beer league hockey is an adult ice hockey league. They call it beer league because mostly everyone strolls in with a cooler of beer to drink before and after.

    Thanks for the info I plan on waiting a while before jumping back on the ice to play but so far I have been told I would have to give it up and that's just not possible.
  • Beer hockey... drinking while playing hockey....lol. I'm in Florida so I've never heard of this, though I admit it sounds like a fun (albeit dangerous) time. I live what I consider a very full and active life but I would never participate in beer hockey. I think a fusion, even a single level will most likely take you out of that game permanently (Especially if your surgeon has said so). My advice, don't give up beer hockey! If you are able to play it now and enjoy it then you probably don't need a fusion right now. Enjoy it for as long as you can and when your pain, mobility, etc. stops you from playing, then it will be time for a fusion. Just my thoughts. Best of luck to you! It's a very cold/chilly 50 degrees here... I'm waiting until noon when its will be mid 60's, then we are bundling up and going for a bike ride... lol you probably think that's ridiculous.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
  • Drew18DDrew18 Posts: 5
    edited 11/25/2013 - 6:35 AM
    I normally don't partake of the beer since I drive and am a light weight. I am not currently playing cause I am in Japan and even if I was home there is no way I could play. That is not ridiculous at all staying active is awesome and is my plan afterwards.
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