Concussions in youth ice hockey are as common as in youth football and soccer, and often occur when players break the rules of the game, a new study finds.
While the concussion rates in youth ice hockey are no greater than in other contact sports, more than 40 percent are caused by illegal hits, especially from behind, researchers said.
And younger players were at higher risk, according to the report.
“These findings highlight the importance of providing medical assistance, not only during ice hockey games, but also during practices, where more concussions occurred than expected,” said Anthony Kontos, the study’s lead author. Kontos is research director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Sports Medicine Concussion Program.