Well­ness Arti­cles

Cana­dian Chi­ro­prac­tors Want Ban on Kids Body­check­ing in Hockey

The Cana­dian Hockey Asso­ci­a­tion, after a three-​year pilot project, made the deci­sion to allow check­ing for the 20022003 sea­son at the Atom level, which drops the age in which body­check­ing begins from twelve to nine. Shortly after this deci­sion the Cana­dian Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion opposed allow­ing young minor hockey play­ers to body­check, say­ing it can lead to long-​term devel­op­men­tal problems.

Dr. Greg Stew­art, pres­i­dent of the Cana­dian Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion responded by say­ing, “It’s a move I think they should recon­sider.” He went on to say, “Boys who are aged nine, they don’t have the skill devel­op­ment to take a proper hit or to give one. They don’t have the sta­bil­ity, they don’t have the bal­ance in the skates and they def­i­nitely don’t have the mus­cu­lar strength. There’s more to it than the cat­a­strophic injuries,” he said. “Tis­sue injuries at that age can lead to longer-​term consequences.”

The arti­cle on this debate appeared in the Cana­dian Press of Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 29, 2003. The arti­cle noted that bone for­ma­tion does not begin to mature until a child reaches puberty, Stew­art explained, and injuries to imma­ture bone struc­tures in young play­ers can cause devi­a­tions in bone development.

The Cana­dian Hockey Asso­ci­a­tion based its deci­sion on a study out of Lake­head Uni­ver­sity which com­pared injuries in a group of chil­dren that was allowed to body­check to a group that was not. The study con­cluded intro­duc­ing body­check­ing at the age of nine to twelve didn’t sig­nif­i­cantly increase the risk of injuries to play­ers. The Cana­dian Chi­ro­prac­tic Asso­ci­a­tion recently crit­i­cized the Lake­head study’s method­ol­ogy, say­ing it was flawed and actu­ally proved the reverse, that there were more injuries. “We’re not actu­ally jump­ing on any­one else’s band­wagon,” said Dr. Stew­art. “We’re look­ing at it from a pro­fes­sion that treats all ages and we want young boys to develop into healthy young men.

Ran­dom Article

The Feb­ru­ary 2003 issue of the research jour­nal, The Jour­nal of Manip­u­la­tive and Phys­i­o­log­i­cal Ther­a­peu­tics, (JMPT), pub­lished a case study of a 49

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