Injury Prevention in Minor Hockey

Answering the right research question with a well designed research study can help resolve disagreements about whether body-checking should be allowed in Pee Wee hockey


The weight of evidence suggests that body checking in youth ice hockey at early ages is detrimental to the health of children. However, the limitations of the evidence to date are likely a major reason why the policy of allowing body-checking in hockey in the majority of provinces has not changed. This project investigated youth players’ risk of concussion and other severe injury associated with body checking rules, and provided valid evidence from which policy decisions could be based regarding body checking at the Pee Wee (11-12 years) level of competition.

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