A new study from the University of Alberta is challenging the notion that teaching the next generation of Sidney Crosbys how to take a bodycheck at an earlier age will help them avoid injury over the long term.
Researchers with the Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research in the School of Public Health studied hockey-related injuries using data from several emergency departments in the Edmonton region. They found little truth to the theory that introducing bodychecking at an earlier age helps prevent injuries because players gain an “instinctive ability” to protect themselves — a popular convention in minor-hockey circles.
“Our results showed that introducing bodychecking earlier does not reduce these risks. We did not find significantly different injury rates for serious injuries such as fractures or head and neck injuries, or any intracranial injury.”
Harris formed with Donald Voaklander, administrator of the Alberta Centre for Abrasion Control and Research, to appraise emergency annal for two groups of adolescence age-old nine to 15 years arena atom, peewee and diminutive hockey — 8,000 in total.
The aboriginal accumulation played from 1997 to 2002, back accouchement as adolescent as 12 and 13 in the peewee analysis were accomplished to bodycheck. Researchers again compared abrasion ante with those amid players from 2003 to 2010, afterwards a aphorism change that saw players as adolescent as 11 and 12 apprentice to bodycheck.
The analysis aggregation begin no cogent differences in the cardinal of fractures, arch injuries and close injuries amid peewee and diminutive players beyond both groups.