Bodychecking Experience Does Not Lower Risk of Injury for Teen Hockey Players
[Source: Medical X-Press]
Youth hockey players with more years of bodychecking experience were at significantly higher risk of concussion than their peers with less bodychecking experience, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
“We found that among ice hockey players aged 15–17 years in elite leagues that allow bodychecking, the rates of injury and concussion were more than double for those with more bodychecking experience (3 or more years) relative to players with less than 2 years of experience,” says Dr. Paul Eliason, lead author and postdoctoral scholar at the Sport Injury Prevention Research Center, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.
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