Most youth hockey injures accidental

August 6, 2010 4:38:52 AM PDT
With Blackhawk fans still enjoying the afterglow of the Stanley Cup championship, a new study shows that, for youth hockey players, most injuries occur accidentally and not from hard-hitting body checks.

Researchers at the University of Buffalo analyzed 3,000 youth hockey players between the ages of 4 and 18. They found 66 percent of injuries came from accidental collisions with the boards, a teammate, or the puck itself.

The authors of the study also say accidental injuries tended to be more severe than injuries suffered from a body check.

The study is published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.