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Hockey Body Checking Is Not Safe

A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal recommends that body checking in youth hockey should be banned to prevent concussions.

Dr. Syd Johnson of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia is quoted as saying,  "The fact is that the vast majority of concussions, and hockey injuries overall, at all levels of play, are caused by legal body checking --It's safe to say that as long as body checking is a part of ice hockey, a high rate of concussions will also be a part of hockey."

Johnson makes the important statement: "It's time to break that cycle and teach youths to play in a way that emphasizes skill and protects their brains, so they'll be prepared to do the same when they grow up."

Hopefully, those responsible for rule changes heed these warnings.



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Earlier this year, Carolyn Emery and colleagues published a systematic review and meta-analysis of risk factors for injury and severe injury in youth ice hockey in Injury Prevention. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends checking not be allowed in youth hockey for children 15 and under, but the practice continues. It remains a very controversial issue in the youth ice hockey community, and these findings should serve to both focus and guide the debate.Thanks for sharing..

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