SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 2004

Injuries in Women's Recreational Ice Hockey: Outcome and Follow-up


Participation in ice hockey by women is increasing in many parts of North America; however, research into injuries and the patterns of injury among females associated with this activity is limited. The purpose of this research was to examine the nature and sequelae of injuries suffered by female recreational ice hockey players. This prospective study followed 314 female players from 33 teams in Edmonton, Canada during an entire hockey season. Injury and game attendance data were collected using monthly telephone interviews throughout the season. Six-months-post-injury players were contacted to determine if injuries had modified their desire to continue playing ice hockey. One hundred and two players reported a total of 125 injuries. The anatomic region most often injured was the lower extremity (31.2%), and the most common diagnosis was sprain/strain (52.0%). The predominant injury mechanism was player contact, either as a result of collision with another player or a body check (40.0%). While less than 1% of injuries resulted in hospitalization, 17.6% of injuries resulted in an absence from hockey of eight or more days. Of the 102 players who were injured, 86 (84.3%) responded to the follow-up questionnaire. Seventy-six (88.4%) players indicated that they intended to continue to play hockey. While a number of players acknowledged the possibility and consequences of injury, these were not sufficient to keep them from playing the sport.

Author Information

Voaklander, DC
University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC, CANADA
Dryden, DM
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, CANADA
Francescutti, LH
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, CANADA
Spence, JC
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, CANADA
Rowe, BH
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, CANADA
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Developed by Committee: F08
Pages: 3–11
DOI: 10.1520/STP11604S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5493-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-3473-7