April 2012 TNC
Blue Sharks beat TNC White Sharks to win PLC
SPORTS NO BODY CHECKING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS tournament
The TNC Peewee Lightning and Wolverines finish 3rd and 4th
TNC Peewee Hornets win
Burlington Tournament The TNC Peewee Hornets beat in the final the TNC Redhawks to win the Burlington Tournament.
The TNC Bantam Wolverines finish 2nd and the Bantam Sharks finish 3rd with the RedHawks finishing 5th.
AND STUDIES ON BODY CHECKING
TORONTO NON-CONTACT HOCKEY LEAGUE (TNCHL)
“Body Checking and Injuries in Minor Hockey” , published by Capital Health
(Alberta Health Services, Edmonton, 2008) provides a summary of what is known
about body checking and minor hockey based on a wide range of sources. One
of Capital Health’s suggestions for “What you can do … to promote healthy
physical activity in a safe environment – ask your local hockey organization
what they are doing to reduce and prevent injuries that occur due to body
checking, and whether they would consider re-examining the age at which body
checking is introduced.”
are links to other articles and studies about body checking and resulting
A: There is significant medical evidence about
the health risks associated with body checking. This evidence shows that body
checking is associated with significantly increased risk of concussions and
other injuries. A Systematic
Review of the Association Between Body Checking and Injury in Youth Ice Hockey
(March, 2009) (click here to read
it) reports that Opponents of body checking for young children, such
as the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine, believe that body checking is the
most common source of all injury types in hockey and that it should be eliminated
from all recreational levels and only introduced in the elite levels at the
Bantam (13-14 years) age or Midget (15-17 years) age. The American Academy of
Pediatrics echoes these sentiments and recommends banning body checking at 15
years of age and below.
A 2006 study showed that players were 42 percent more likely to suffer a concussion
and 25 percent more likely to suffer fractures in Ontario leagues where body
checking is allowed when compared to Quebec. There is also increasing evidence
that concussions can have lifelong impacts.
Q: Many have said that if children were taught how to take and give a check
at an earlier age, there would be fewer injuries. However, Capital Health reports
that there is evidence that training for body checking does not reduce injuries,
illegal body checks, or penalties.
A: Many have said that if children were taught
how to take and give a check at an earlier age, there would be fewer injuries.
However, Capital Health reports that there is evidence that training for body
checking does not reduce injuries, illegal body checks, or penalties. There
have been a number of studies that compare the experience in contact and non-contact
leagues; these studies report that the incidence of injuries, especially head
injuries, is much higher where body checking is allowed. A 2003 study in the
Canadian Medical Association Journal reported that body checking was associated
with 86% of injuries sustained by players 9-15 years old. Players in contact
leagues were four times as likely to be injured (among those 9–15 years old).
Q: Could injuries be reduced by greater enforcement of the rules so that
there were fewer “cheap shots”?
A: Legal body checking can result in injuries.
Of reported injuries among players 9–15 years old, 45% were caused by legal
body checks and 8% by illegal checks, without a significant difference in the
injury profiles between the two types of checking.
Q: What is Hockey Canada doing about this?
A: It is Hockey Canada’s official position that
body checking is a legitimate strategy for minor hockey players and safety can
be enhanced through proper instruction.
In 2006, Hockey Canada authorized pilots in Ontario and Saskatchewan that lowered
the age for introducing body checking from Minor Peewee (age 11) to Atom (ages
9 and 10). At a 2007 semi-annual meeting of Hockey Canada’s Board of Directors,
a motion was debated and defeated, proposing that body checking be allowed at
the Atom (age 9-10) level. This confirmed the decision to end the pilots.
Hockey Canada committed to study the impacts of body checking
and established an information site (www.bodychecking.ca).
The most recent documents on that site appear to be from 2005.
Q: Are there
existing competitive non-contact leagues (above house league)?
A: For ages 18 and older, there are many hockey leagues
available that do not allow body checking. In Toronto and many other communities,
there are no alternatives for boys ages 11 to 18 who want to play competitively
above the house league level. Interestingly, the leagues for girls, right up
to the international levels, do not permit body checking. Why are boys and girls
treated differently? This is an outdated view of our children’s needs.
Q: What am I to do as a parent of a Minor Peewee (or older) child who wants to play competitively without body contact?
A: Capital Health effectively summarizes what you can do to “promote healthy physical activity in a safe environment.” First, they suggest that you read more about the issue by looking into the many studies that are available. Second, approach your local hockey organization and question what they are doing to reduce and prevent injuries. Also, ask them to reconsider the age at which body checking is introduced.
And if you live in the GTA, contact us and have your child tryout for the TNCHL!
Bodychecking a leading cause of injury in youth hockey: study (2009)
"We reviewed nine studies from Canada, nine from the U.S. and two from Finland, and the findings from all but one support recommendations that children should play in non-contact hockey leagues until they are at least at the bantam level", said Alison Macpherson, a professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York.