The Impact of Body Checking Experience with Concussion Risk in Youth: Canadian study

Infographic.Emery, Dr. Carolyn

Written by: Lianne Castelino

Published: Jul 6, 2022

In this episode of the Where Parents Talk podcast, host Lianne Castelino speaks to Dr. Carolyn Emery, Canada Research Chair, Chair of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre at the University of Calgary, and principal investigator of a June 2022 study examining the impact of body checking experience with the risk of concussion among hockey players between 15 and 17 years old.

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Dr. Carolyn Emery
Physiotherapist
Epidemiologist
Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary
Canada Research Chair and Chair of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre
Principal Investigator, ‘Bodychecking experience and rates of injury among ice hockey players aged 15–17 years
Mother of 2

Dr. Carolyn Emery

Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (SIPRC)

“We actually showed that those that had more body checking experience, were actually at a higher risk of injury and concussion.

I think what was really striking is that even when you control for the level of play, of participation, the division that they’re in, as well as their previous injury history and concussion history, that actually the magnitude of the effect was really significant. So we’re looking at a greater than two-fold, increased risk of concussion and injury in those players that had three or more years of body checking experience, even when we control for those other factors.”

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