Rules are there to pro­tect hockey play­ers

The Peterborough Examiner - - Opinion - David Swales MD. FRCPC, West­brook Drive

The re­cent col­umn by Don Bar­rie about elite mi­nor hockey league play­ers in On­tario raised my hack­les. He felt the strin­gent rules against head hits may be tem­per­ing the de­vel­op­ment of top level play­ers.

The se­ri­ous­ness of con­cus­sions in young­sters is well doc­u­mented, and we should be try­ing to re­duce the in­ci­dence of this sig­nif­i­cant in­jury.

Your writer seems to be­lieve that a few brain in­juries to young hockey play­ers is an ac­cept­able price to pay to de­velop the odd pro­fes­sional hockey player. It is this at­ti­tude that is turn­ing young­sters and their par­ents away from hockey. It is one of the rea­sons why mi­nor hockey en­roll­ment is drop­ping.

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