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Catastrophic hockey injuries: Physician says 'risk is always there'

MPR talks with Dr. Bill Roberts, a professor in family medicine at the University of Minnesota who did research decades ago that found most injuries in youth hockey followed illegal blows and checks, like the one that paralyzed Jack Jablonski. He says attention to the fact tends to wane over time but wonders if the recent rash of severe injuries will spur serious reforms.
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MPR talks with Dr. Bill Roberts, a professor in family medicine at the University of Minnesota who did research decades ago that found most injuries in youth hockey followed illegal blows and checks, like the one that paralyzed Jack Jablonski. He says attention to the fact tends to wane over time but wonders if the recent rash of severe injuries will spur serious reforms.

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