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Ice Hockey – Summary of Injury Incidence Rates
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Level of Play
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Youth
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Atom (9-10 years)Pee Wee (11-12 years)Bantam (13-14 years)Midget (15-17 years)
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Overall (Range)
1.12 injuries/1000 player hours*

Female Only:
1.0 injuries/1000 player hours
(95% CI: 0.3-3.0)
3.32 injuries/1000 player hours*

Female Only:
1.5 injuries/1000 player hours
(95% CI: 0.4-5.0)
4.16 injuries/1000 player hours*

Female Only:
1.0 injuries/1000 player hours
(95% CI: 0.5-1.8)
6.07 injuries/1000 player hours*

Female Only:
1.9 injuries/1000 player hours
(95% CI: 1.4-2.7)
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Collegiate/Junior
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MaleFemaleElite Male Junior
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Game (Range)
9.19-18.69 injuries/1000
athlete exposures
6.1-12.1 injuries/1000
athlete exposures
11.0 injuries/1000
athlete exposures

(39.8 injuries/1000
player-game hours)
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Practice (Range)
1.96-2.23 injuries/1000
athlete exposures
2.90 injuries/1000
athlete exposures
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Professional
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MaleFemale
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Game (Range)
15.6 injuries/1000
athlete exposures
6.4 injuries/1000
player games

(22.0 injuries/1000
player-game hours)
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*These rates include both males and females
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References
Agel, J., Dompier, T. P., Dick, R., & Marshall, S. W. (2007). Descriptive epidemiology of collegiate men's ice hockey injuries: National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance System, 1988–1989 through 2003–2004. Journal of athletic training, 42(2), 241.

Agel, J., & Harvey, E. J. (2010). A 7-year review of men’s and women’s ice hockey injuries in the NCAA. Canadian journal of surgery, 53(5), 319.

Pfister, T., Pfister, K., Hagel, B., Ghali, W. A., & Ronksley, P. E. (2016). The incidence of concussion in youth sports: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Sports Med, 50(5), 292-297.

Emery, C. A., & Meeuwisse, W. H. (2006). Injury rates, risk factors, and mechanisms of injury in minor hockey. The American journal of sports medicine, 34(12), 1960-1969.

Emery, C. A., & Tyreman, H. (2009). Sport participation, sport injury, risk factors and sport safety practices in Calgary and area junior high schools. Paediatrics & child health, 14(7), 439-444.

Decloe, M. D., Meeuwisse, W. H., Hagel, B. E., & Emery, C. A. (2014). Injury rates, types, mechanisms and risk factors in female youth ice hockey. Br J Sports Med, 48(1), 51-56.

Emery, C. A., Meeuwisse, W. H., & McAllister, J. R. (2006). Survey of sport participation and sport injury in Calgary and area high schools. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, 16(1), 20-26.

Flik, K., Lyman, S., & Marx, R. G. (2005). American collegiate men's ice hockey: an analysis of injuries. The American journal of sports medicine, 33(2), 183-189.

Matic, G. T., Sommerfeldt, M. F., Best, T. M., Collins, C. L., Comstock, R. D., & Flanigan, D. C. (2015). Ice hockey injuries among United States high school athletes from 2008/2009–2012/2013. The Physician and sportsmedicine, 43(2), 119-125.

McKay, C. D., Tufts, R. J., Shaffer, B., & Meeuwisse, W. H. (2014). The epidemiology of professional ice hockey injuries: a prospective report of six NHL seasons. Br J Sports Med, 48(1), 57-62.

Benson, B. W., Meeuwisse, W. H., Rizos, J., Kang, J., & Burke, C. J. (2011). A prospective study of concussions among National Hockey League players during regular season games: the NHL-NHLPA Concussion Program. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 183(8), 905-911.

Tuominen, M., Stuart, M. J., Aubry, M., Kannus, P., & Parkkari, J. (2014). Injuries in men's international ice hockey: a 7-year study of the International Ice Hockey Federation Adult World Championship Tournaments and Olympic Winter Games. Br J Sports Med, bjsports-2014.

Tuominen, M., Stuart, M. J., Aubry, M., Kannus, P., & Parkkari, J. (2017). Injuries in world junior ice hockey championships between 2006 and 2015. Br J Sports Med, 51(1), 36-43.

Tuominen, M., Stuart, M. J., Aubry, M., Kannus, P., Tokola, K., & Parkkari, J. (2015). Injuries in women's international ice hockey: an 8-year study of the World Championship tournaments and Olympic Winter Games. Br J Sports Med, bjsports-2015.

Bowers, A. L., Horneff, J. G., Baldwin, K. D., Huffman, G. R., & Sennett, B. J. (2010). Thumb injuries in intercollegiate men's lacrosse. The American journal of sports medicine, 38(3), 527-531.

Kerr, Z. Y., Marshall, S. W., Dompier, T. P., Corlette, J., Klossner, D. A., & Gilchrist, J. (2015). College sports-related injuries—United States, 2009-10 through 2013-14 academic years. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep, 64(48), 1330-1336.

Schick, D. M., & Meeuwisse, W. H. (2003). Injury rates and profiles in female ice hockey players. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 31(1), 47-52.
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