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Inj Prev. 2014 Oct;20(5):347-9. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2013-041016. Epub 2014 Jan 19.

Economic burden of time lost due to injury in NHL hockey players.

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1
Division of Neurosurgery and Injury Prevention Research Office, St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Canadian Brain Injury and Violence Research Team, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
2
Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the economic burden of salary costs lost due to injury in the National Hockey League (NHL).

METHODS:

All NHL players who engaged in at least one regular season game during the 2009-2010 to 2011-2012 seasons comprised the study population. We performed a retrospective cross-sectional analysis of publically available media sources to collect injury and salary data. Outcome measurements were games missed during regular season play due to hockey-related injury and lost salary.

RESULTS:

A total of 50.9% of all NHL players missed at least one game within a season of play, and injuries represented a total salary cost of approximately US$218 million per year. Concussions alone amounted to a salary loss of US$42.8 million a year. Head/neck injuries and leg/foot injuries were the most expensive in terms of overall cost, while head/neck and shoulder injuries had the highest mean cost.

CONCLUSIONS:

NHL players commonly miss time due to injury, which creates a substantial burden in lost salary costs.

PMID:
24446078
DOI:
10.1136/injuryprev-2013-041016
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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