Safety in youth ice hockey: the effects of body checking. American Academy of Pediatrics. Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness

Pediatrics. 2000 Mar;105(3 Pt 1):657-8. doi: 10.1542/peds.105.3.657.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Academies and Institutes
  • Adolescent
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Hockey / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Pediatrics
  • Policy Making
  • Risk Factors
  • Safety*
  • United States