Ice hockey is a sport enjoyed by many young people. The occurrence of injury can offset what may otherwise be a positive experience. A high proportion of injuries in hockey appear to result from intentional body contact or the practice of checking. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting checking in hockey players 15 years of age and younger as a means to reduce injuries. Strategies such as the fair play concept can also help decrease injuries that result from penalties or unnecessary contact.
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American Academy of Pediatrics| March 01 2000
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Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness; Safety in Youth Ice Hockey: The Effects of Body Checking. Pediatrics March 2000; 105 (3): 657–658. 10.1542/peds.105.3.657
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