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Journal Article

Citation

Houghton KM, Emery CA. Paediatr. Child Health (1996) 2012; 17(9): 509-510.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2012, Canadian Paediatric Society, Publisher Pulsus Group)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

24179424

PMCID

PMC3496357

Abstract

Hockey is one of the most popular sports for Canadian children and youth. While the health benefits of physical activity and sport participation are well recognized, there is increasing concern around the frequency and severity of hockey-related injuries, particularly concussion. Studies consistently identify bodychecking as the primary mechanism associated with youth hockey injuries, including concussion. Policy to delay bodychecking until bantam league play (when participants are 13 to 14 years of age) will reduce the risks of injury and concussion in young ice hockey players. Bodychecking should be eliminated from non-elite youth ice hockey. The age at which bodychecking is introduced in competitive hockey leagues must be reconsidered. Both initiatives require policy change in many provinces/territories, and must be re-evaluated prospectively in light of emerging research.


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