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by Paul on 01/25/12 at 01:25 AM ET
from Tom Blackwell of the National Post,
Many amateur hockey referees have been in games where the officials lost control because of aggressive play, suggests a new study that takes a novel look at violence in the sport.
Almost half the hundreds of officials surveyed by medical researchers at the University of Toronto said they had been victims of physical violence themselves, from cross-checks to the head, to a fan’s sucker punch, to an attack by an irate parent after the game, according to the just-published paper.
The authors say their study is the first to examine hockey safety from a referee’s perspective, and conclude that officials may need more authority and support to maintain order on the ice and prevent concussions and other injuries. The researchers stopped short, however, of endorsing one respondent’s proposal: banning parents and fans from minor-league games altogether.
“Referees suggest that they are both physically and verbally abused,” the paper in the Canadian Journal of Sports Medicine notes. “This potential lack of respect and hostility for referees from coaches, parents and fans creates an environment that may put all on-ice participants at higher risk for injury.”
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