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posted on June 15, 2010

Tougher bodychecking rules weighed for young hockey players

Study shows 11- and 12-year-olds in leagues that allow hits nearly four times more likely to suffer a concussion

By: Dawn Walton and Anne McIlroy
Published: Jun. 08, 2010
Source: The Globe and Mail

"The national body that presides over 580,000 young Canadian hockey players is considering beefing up its bodychecking rules in response to a new study that shows 11- and 12-year-old athletes in leagues that allow hits are nearly four times more likely to suffer a concussion than players where the practice is banned.

Paul Carson, Hockey Canada’s director of development, said there are inherent risks due to the nature of the game, but bodychecking remains a contentious issue. The organization plans to review the study and see what, if any, changes to policy need to be made. "

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