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Checking in Youth Hockey and Traumatic Brain Injury - featured July 2, 2010

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[Source: Science]

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 all players ages 12 and under in the late 1980s. Alberta hasn’t.

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