Canada’s National Pastime Part II


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Dr. Echlin spoke yesterday, as we blogged about, and the information he gave was startling for those that love hockey. He stated that concussions occurring in hockey may be seven times higher than in current literature.

In his study he followed two junior hockey teams with these reports, found in an article by Argus-Press;

Seventeen players had a total of 21 concussions during 52 physician-observed games, with almost one-quarter of those occurring among players involved in on-ice fights, say the researchers, whose study is published in the November issue of the journal Neurological Focus.

Dr. Echlin went on to say that 69% of the hits that caused concussions were blows to the head and 29% of the players sustained a second concussion.

Paul Melia, CEO of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports in Ottawa, described the incidence of concussions in the study “alarming and disturbing” and deemed it “a siren call to action for parents, for coaches, for hockey association executives at all levels in the system.”

It is work by Dr. Echlin and others in this field that is promising for the protection of athletes. And with coverage from news outlets, the word is spreading and awareness is raising.

In no fashion should the sports we love and crave be dismantled, but the concern for concussions need to be addressed for no other purpose than the youth. The rise in concussions is something that many are trying to figure out, but awareness and education is the common theme, as well as keeping the young safe. Remember that you only have one brain.

2 thoughts on “Canada’s National Pastime Part II

  1. M. M. GALLO January 6, 2012 / 13:33

    MY 17 YEAR OLD GRANDSON WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A “SLIGHT CONCUSSION ” BY 3 DOCTRS IN AUGUST AFTER A HOCKEY GAME. AN ER MD, HIS PEDIATRICAN, AND A NEUROLOGIST, ALL IS A SPACE OF 10 DAYS. THEY STATED JUST REST AND NO HOCKEY FOR 2 WEEKS. HE WENT BACK, (OF COURSE, HE’S BEEN PLAYING SINCE HE WAS ABOUT 7 ). STILL HAD HEADACHES AND MISSED SCHOOL. IN OCTOBER WENT TO A PEDIATRIC NEUROLOGIST AND HE STATED NO HOCKEY , NO SCHOOL FOR 2 WEEKS AND NO READING, COMPUTER , JUST RESTING. FINALLY , SOMEONE REALIZED IT WAS NOT A FAST RECOVERY, BUT A LONG DRAWN OUT AND POSSIBLY LIFE PROBLEM. MAYBE THE MD’S SHOULD BE GIVEN NEW COURSES ON CONCUSSIONS . THANKS FOR LISTENING.

  2. Consultant March 3, 2014 / 18:50

    Even “mild” concussions are serious and there’s plenty of life beyond hockey. Most everything around us evolves: Organisms, Cultures, Languages…and Sports.

    Hockey needs to evolve too if it cares about it’s players’ lives–their short and long term brain health.

    Hockey’s current state tacitly allows violence to maim it’s players.

    Hockey needs to evolve to be more about passing and shooting–not assaulting other players who love the game as much as you. Can the game be reduced to great skating, great decisions, and great plays—-without the hits and hitting? I believe the players are worth that.

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