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by Alanah McGinley on 10/21/11 at 03:30 PM ET
From Randy Dotinga at US News:
Brawls on the ice are a staple of professional ice hockey games, but are they as vicious as they look? A new study suggests that few punches thrown during National Hockey League games end in significant injury.
The study claims that fighting on skates isn’t particularly dangerous, possibly because it’s hard to get traction for a powerful punch on the ice, said co-author Dr. David Milzman, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
“They get a lot more injuries being checked into the boards, being hit from behind,” he said.
Milzman went even further: “I’ve watched enough hockey that I can tell you clearly that if you take the release valve of fighting out of it, you’d have a lot more dirty playing, and probably more injuries would result from players not being able to blow off steam by fighting.”
Also, more details of the study available in today’s National Post.
Update 3:06pm ET: Some words from Georges Laraque on the topic as well.
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