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01-10-2013, 12:54 AM
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[QUOTE=Hardyvan123;57377667][QUOTE=Canadiens1958;57376233]Projections happen all the time at the developmental levels which is why you have AA,BB,CC down to A,B,C levels for age groups further subdivided into minor and major in certain regions. Youngsters are grouped by skill level to avoid injury. This has been part of youth hockey from the start.

Avoiding injury might be a small part of it but the main part if for players at similar skills levels to challenge each other to get better is a much more important factor.

Also maybe you missed my point on projecting a player and his skill. I have yet to see anyone project which players will get major injuries and which ones will not, it's always after the fact that is mentioned.

Once again, an after the fact assessment and nowadays all running backs have shorter shelf lives with players in the NFL being bigger faster and more impact on the collisions that every RB takes.

Rolling with the blow or slipping like Lacrosse players do is not physics but rather skills.

Bigger players going faster with more intent and actual outcomes of collisions simply means more injuries, it's not rocket science.
Exceptional status is rarely granted because of the high risk of injury to youngsters when playing against much older players. Risk of injury trumps any developmental benefits.

People were projecting Eric Lindros' having injury problems early in his first NHL season. Playing with his head down.

Boxing is a counter example to your last paragraph. Boxers are bigger also, with access to a bank of films going back almost a century, yet annual boxing fatalities are down. Skills progressing in step with medical knowledge and technology.

NFL Films dating back to the fifties are used to teach young running backs and project. Also the number of touches a back gets is controlled better. Key point is that football especially at the developmental level recognized that skill and safety go hand in hand. Weight limits in age groups were common three generations ago,. Safety concerns - hitting with the head "Spearing" were addressed two generations ago.

Hockey has failed in this regard. When helmets were introduced rules in minor hockey aimed at proper stick control were ignored or eliminated. Techniques that showed youngsters how to roll with a check or check properly were minimized because the helmet offered protection.

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