A combination of on-ice and off-ice testing was conducted during the study to assess the effects of wearing a face mask during different levels of exercise intensity. (Photo: Phil Chilibeck)

Wearing a surgical face mask as protection from COVID-19 does not affect performance of youth hockey players: USask study

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A University of Saskatchewan (USask) research team has found that wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19 during play does not affect the sport performance of youth hockey players aged 9-14. Parents of a hockey player under the age of 12 can rest assured that their child can be protected from COVID-19 while still playing at their best.

Ice hockey has been linked to the spread of COVID-19 in the sports community – including among youth – with multiple case transmissions in the past year being attributed to infected players exposing their teammates to the virus….

https://news.usask.ca/articles/research/2021/wearing-a-surgical-face-mask-as-protection-from-covid-19-does-not-affect-performance-of-youth-hockey-players-usask-study.php

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