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Hockey body checks safe for preteen players: study

Kids as young as nine can safely use body-checking, Canadian study shows


 

Children as young as nine years old can safely use body-checking during ice hockey games, if the rules are strictly enforced, Canadian researchers reported today. The team looked at injury rates before and after a rule change that allowed this technique to be used by nine and 10-year-old players in Ontario, where, until 2002, only those ages 12 and up were permitted to do it. While there were slightly more injuries in 10 and 11-year-olds as a result of checking after the rule change, the overall injury rate for ages seven to 14 fell by about 20 per cent, Reuters reports, and among 12-year-olds, checking injuries were cut in half. Researchers wrote in the journal Pediatrics that such a decline was “unexpected,” noting that there was a major change over the same period to the way referees enforced rules for illegal contact.

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Hockey body checks safe for preteen players: study

  1. Oh good.. like your local small-town rink is going to see this story and bother reading the fine print.

    So.. safe.. maybe.
    Perhaps the question we really should be asking, "Do we teach nine year olds that the way to get what you want is by slamming somebody around?"

    • Perhaps the question we really should be asking, "Do we teach nine year olds that the way to get what you want is by slamming somebody around?"

      That's the dumbest thing I've read on the Internet today. Congratulations, you did it. Take the rest of the day off.

  2. More Don Cherry mentality. knockum, sockim and let the kids live with injury problems for life. I know, I was injured when I was 17, 56 years ago.

  3. Yet it wasn't, apparently, the dumbest thing written.

    Kudos.

  4. Is it really that hard to create a headline that matches the story?

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