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posted on October 21, 2008

Bodychecking and concussions in ice hockey: Should our youth pay the price?

By: Anthony Marchie and Michael D. Cusimano
Published: July 22, 2003
Source: CMAJ

Mr. Marchie and Dr. Cusimano are with the Division of Neurosurgery and the Injury Prevention Research Centre, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ont. Dr. Cusimano is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Neurosurgery and Mr. Marchie is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Toronto.

Correspondence to: Dr. Michael D. Cusimano, Division of Neurosurgery, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, 38 Shuter St., Toronto ON M5B 1AG; [email protected] or [email protected] Ice hockey, considered Canada's national sport, has more than 500 000 registered players,1 many of whom aspire to play in the National Hockey League (NHL).

With the drive to win at any cost permeating the game, it is not surprising that aggression is a commonly used tactic and has helped to turn hockey into a collision sport.2 Nor is it surprising that youth often idolize and emulate the professional enforcers who protect their team's leading scorers.3


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