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In youth hockey, more contact means more injuries

Number of concussions tripled in leagues that permit checking

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4:14pm, June 8, 2010

Children playing ice hockey in leagues that allow body checking have more concussions and other injuries than do youngsters in leagues that prohibit checking, a Canadian study of preteens shows. The work appears in the June 9 Journal of the American Medical Association.

Checking in hockey is akin to blocking in football. But in hockey it’s a defensive hit, in which a player attempts to stop or limit the progress of an offensive player who has the puck. While a check cannot be delivered with the elbows, knees or a hockey stick, it can involve a violent collision. Some local youth leagues disallow checks among preteens, and the entire province of Quebec banned checking for al

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