Study: Effect of Infractions in Youth Hockey on the Severity of Head Impacts
This study, published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, was designed to determine the effects of infraction and noninfraction collisions sustained during participation in youth ice hockey on biomechanical measures of head impact severity. A convenience sample of 16 male Bantam AAA-level ice hockey players (including 1 goaltender who was removed from the analyses; mean age, 14 y; 9 forwards and 6 defensemen) was studied. Collisions were subdivided into rule infractions or not, the type of infraction (boarding/charging, checking from behind, elbowing, head contact, and high sticking), and whether the player was the striker or was struck.
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Date Posted: 1/17/2012