What counts as a body check varies from game to game, and especially from region to region. It is especially dangerous when a team from a less physical region plays a team from a region where there is more leeway in what is legal body contact because they are less prepared for hits.
Let Girls be Girls: Why Body Checking Needs to be Allowed in Women’s Hockey
Micha Bennett

This problem exists in the men’s version with contact as well; even at the Major Junior level BTW

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