Early survey results show 46% rate in players 13-21

The survey results are preliminary, but they’re no less shocking to researchers at Winnipeg’s Pan Am Clinic Foundation who are trying to get a more accurate handle on how many young hockey players have suffered a concussion during their short careers.

The early findings show 46 per cent of Manitoba amateur hockey players between the ages of 13 and 21 suffered a concussion or concussion-like symptoms last year.

“The main take-home point is that this is a big problem, maybe bigger than what we anticipated and bigger than what the literature has previously reported,” Dr. Peter MacDonald, survey co-author and orthopedic surgeon to the Winnipeg Jets and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, said Friday.

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