Ot:hockey alberta eliminates body checking in peewee division
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05-08-2013, 02:21 PM
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FACT SHEET from Hockey Alberta Medical studies
What the research tells us today:
There is a 3-fold increased risk of injury in Peewee Hockey players in leagues where body checking is allowed compared to leagues where it is not allowed (AB data).
There is a 4 fold increase risk of concussion in Peewee Hockey players in leagues where body checking is allowed compared to leagues where it is not allowed (AB data).
Evidence is consistent in recognizing body checking as the single most consistent risk factor for concussion in youth ice hockey.
The vast majority of studies (16/18) examining the association between rules allowing body checking and injury risk, demonstrate a 2 to 4-fold increase of injury in leagues where body checking is allowed.
The rate of injury and concussion in Bantam players in Quebec and AB is the same. (NOTE Quebec doesn't have contact until Bantam).
The rate of concussion in Peewee hockey players where Body Checking is allowed (1.5 concussions per 1000 player game hours) is similar to the rate for players in the NHL (1.8 concussions per 1000 player game hours) and significantly higher than in older age groups (Bantam rate is 0.9 concussions per 1000 player game hour).
Entry into adolescence is a critical period in brain development (11-13 years).
The rate of concussion increases with increasing skill level of play with the highest risk at the most elite levels of play.
I really don't see what any of this proves to be honest.
It's common sense that a league that has hitting would have more injuries.
Quebec doesn't allow hitting until Bantam, but injuries are the same as Alberta that does allow hitting earlier. So...
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