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Hockey Urged to Ban All Blows to Head by Concussions Panel

from The New York Times

A conference on reducing concussions in hockey recommended prohibiting contact to the head at every level of the game, including the N.H.L., and banning body checking by 11- and 12-year-olds to reduce the high rate of concussions among youth players.

“Behavioral change, cultural change won’t happen overnight,” said a conference organizer, Dr. Michael J. Stuart, the chief medical officer for USA Hockey and the father of three sons who played in the N.H.L.

“The clock is ticking,” he said. “If we say we need additional long-term injury research to validate any kind of recommendation, there will be a lot of athletes who’ll suffer. So we decided, let’s make a move to effect change.” more

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