June 5, 2013
Doctors Nova Scotia congratulates Hockey Canada on its recent decision to ban body-checking from peewee hockey in Canada.
Doctors in our province are pleased to see Hockey Canada, the country’s governing body for amateur hockey, ban body-checking for the country’s 11 and 12-year-old division at its annual general meeting on May 24.
Hockey Nova Scotia, the provincial counterpart of Hockey Canada, was one of the first provincial bodies in Canada to ban body-checking in peewee hockey. Its decision followed an eight month review of evidence and was made in consultation with the medical community and other industry experts.
Evidence tells us that body-checking can cause serious injuries in children, including concussions. A recent Canadian study reports that children who participate in body-checking are three times more likely to experience serious injury than those who aren’t permitted to body-check.
Studies prove that children who experience a head injury, such as a concussion, are at an increased risk for subsequent head injuries. People who suffer multiple concussions can experience poorer attention, concentration and memory.
Concussions in youth are a new focus area for Doctors Nova Scotia and we’re pleased to see the hockey community move in this direction and become leaders in injury prevention for our young athletes.
The Halifax Mooseheads’ recent Memorial Cup win was a tremendous demonstration of Nova Scotia’s love and support for the sport of hockey. Doctors Nova Scotia congratulates Hockey Nova Scotia and Hockey Canada for paving the way for our young athletes to safely enjoy the sport of hockey and remain physically active and healthy.
John Finley, MDCM, FRCPC