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Hockey Safety and Checking

​Body checking is a common part of playing ice hockey. But since most youth hockey injuries result from body checking, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that hockey players age 15 and younger should not body check other players. Studies show that high-speed collisions, combined with size differences within age groups, and a false sense of security due to protective equipment have all contributed to increased checking-related injuries. In a study of injuries among 9 to 15 year olds, 86 percent of all injuries were due to checking. Another study found that since children of the same age grow at different rates players in the same age group could exert significantly different amounts of force when body checking. Parents, young players and coaches need be educated about the importance of the dangers of body checking. 

​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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