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Ice Hockey & Kids: What Are the Dangers?

November 4, 20159 min
What are common injuries in ice hockey?When your child wants to play in a recreational sport, you may be happy that his or her journey of a healthy lifestyle is starting at a young age. You may also be worried about the chance of your child getting injured, especially if he or she wants to play a contact sport like football or hockey.In the U.S., about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and more than 3.5 million injuries occur each year.According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 20,000 children ages five to 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for ice hockey-related injuries.Is checking in ice hockey a bad idea for kid's leagues?William Meehan, MD, FAAP, discusses the potential dangers of your child's participation in an ice hockey league.

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