When most people hear about hip surgery, they think of old folks homes and the elderly.

Few imagine professional athletes, many in their mid-20s, going under the knife, enduring a painful and laborious recovery that can mean nearly two months bedridden.

Such is the life, however, for many NHL goaltenders these days.

In a story that should have received far more attention around the league than it did, Sports Illustrated chronicled the problem facing butterfly netminders late in the 2008-09 season, breaking down how the up-and-down style inspired by Patrick Roy was causing all sorts of groin, knee and especially hip woes for his disciples.

One of the article’s main subjects was Jean-Sébastien Giguère, of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who had hip surgery at the wise old age of 27 during the NHL lockout.

Giguère grew up in Montreal, watching Roy flourish with a new style, and he adopted it as early as anyone, dropping to his knees to stop pucks from as young as 8 or 9.

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After reading this, keep in mind that it is crucial that a goaltender takes the time each day to stretch and at times ice and heat certain joints and muscles.

If your team does not have a full time trainer look into finding a physiotherapist or massage therapist that can treat your hips or knees. Giving your body the care it needs will help prevent and repair damage, preventing further implications and set-backs in the future. Such places as Team Chiropractic in Winnipeg,MB will have treatments available to relief and treat pain and also help repair and heal injuries.

Not sure where to start? Talk to one of your GDI Prairie's Trainers for a flexibility program.

Remember - YOU are in charge of your development as a goaltender. Take command of your position in net!

Take care of your body and prepare each day.