Results of Bodychecking in Youth Hockey
MONDAY, June 20 (HealthDay News) -- The overall risk of injury
and concussion among young ice hockey players is not affected by
the age at which they're first allowed to bodycheck, according to a
Canadian researchers analyzed data from youth hockey leagues in
Alberta, which allowsbodychecking at the Pee Wee level (ages 11 to
12), and in Quebec, which introduces bodychecking at the Bantam
level (ages 13 to 14).
The study included 995 players from 68 Bantam teams in Alberta
with two years of bodychecking experience at the Pee Wee level, and
976 players from 62 Bantam teams in Quebec with no bodychecking
The two groups of players had similar injury rates. During
96,907 player-hours in Alberta, there were a total of 272 injuries,
including 51 concussions. During 85,464 player-hours in Quebec,
there were 244 injuries, including 49 concussions, the
Among the other findings:
- In both provinces, head and shoulder injuries were the most
- Previous injuries and concussions were risk factors for future
- First-year Bantam players were at higher risk for injury than
- The risk of an injury that led to more than seven days of lost
playing time was 33 percent lower in leagues where bodychecking was
introduced in Pee Wee level.
"These findings need to be interpreted in light of previous evidence of more than a threefold increased risk of concussion and all injury among players aged 11 to 12 years in a league where bodychecking is permitted," the researchers concluded in the report published online June 20 in CMAJ: the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
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