Ot:hockey alberta eliminates body checking in peewee division
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05-08-2013, 03:18 PM
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Medical and brain injury experts have repeatedly urged Canadian minor hockey organizations to cease all league play involving mixed ages under 15 because of the risk to smaller, younger players from bigger, faster, heavier and more mature opponents.
The same experts urge the elimination of all body checking below 15. They argue that the anatomical structure of early adolescents — larger, heavier head and weaker neck muscles — makes them particularly vulnerable to whiplash brain trauma. Statistics bear this out.
This age group is three times more susceptible to such injuries than players over 15.
It comes down to the basic anatomy of young males. They are basically bobbleheads on skates.
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