Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Anthony Kontos Spearheads Recent Youth Hockey

In a study published online January 8, 2016 in the Journal of Pediatrics, Anthony P. Kontos, assistant director of research at the UPMC Sports Concussion Program, followed nearly 400 players associated with youth ice hockey teams in Western Pennsylvania, Boston and Birmingham, Alabama.

A recent study looking at injuries in youth ice hockey, spearheaded by a University of Pittsburgh researcher, came up with some surprising results: The number of collisions among players in youth hockey are typically higher in younger players than older ones, mostly because of the players’ inexperience and difference in body size, strength and development.

Dr. Kontos was recently interviewed by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette about the youth hockey study.

Read the complete article: Experts see increased number of youth hockey concussions.