Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/18/05 at 12:15 PM ET
Virtually no one disputes that playing hockey with body checking increases the chance of a player being hurt. What continues to be hotly debated is at what levels of play, and at what age, minor players should be allowed to play with full contact. A study in the Nov. 2 journal of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise concludes that if players are going to learn to bodycheck, then sooner is better. And that contradicts much-publicized earlier research by sports and medical organizations, which has fairly consistently concluded that players should not begin body checking at a young age.
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