We all know today and tomorrow are fairly unproductive for die-hard sports fans (see me), therefore I will give you some quick links for today. I am off to go watch some hoop, feel free to comment or email messages as well… Happy St. Paddy’s day and NCAA Tourney Days…
NHL Puts Protocol In Place
There was some confusion about when the new protocol for players in the NHL was to be in effect. A few at the GM meetings yesterday said it was to be in place last night, others were a less committal on a time. Helene Elliott of the LA Times has this report;
A few hours after general managers concluded meetings Wednesday that produced resolutions intended to enhance safety and minimize head injuries, the league suspended San Jose Sharks forward Dany Heatley for two games for elbowing Dallas forward Steve Ott in the head Tuesday. Heatley, who got an interference penalty on the ice, will forfeit $80,645.16 which will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Fans Don’t Rank Head Injuries High
It should be known that head injuries WERE on the list to choose from, from the AP, in full;
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — New research conducted for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency finds that Americans rank the use of performance-enhancing drugs as the most serious problem facing sports today.
The USADA commissioned a study that surveyed about 9,000 Americans — including adults, children, athletes, coaches and teachers — to measure the impact sports has on values and culture in the U.S.
The study released Tuesday found that 75 percent of adults surveyed agreed that athletes’ use of performance-enhancing drugs is a violation of ethics in sports. They ranked the use of PEDs as the most serious problem in sports, followed by the focus on money and criminal behavior of well-known athletes.
Nearly 90 percent of adults surveyed agreed that well-known athletes have a responsibility to be a positive role models for young people.
“This research reinforces that Americans care about the integrity of sport and what it means in our society,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said.
The study was conducted by Discovery Education, on behalf of the USADA.
The report said more than 60 percent of adults claim some relationship to sport-related activity, and 25 percent of those are active participants, parents of kids who participate in sports, coaches or volunteers.
Sixty percent of adults said sports promote positive values, while four out of five said they can teach valuable life lessons.
The survey also did extensive questioning about ethics in sports.
It found nearly two-thirds of adults agree sports overemphasize the importance of winning, while 20 percent have admitted to cheating and 41 percent who admitted to it said they were motivated by their desire to be a winner.
The USADA report said the “willingness to prioritize winning, at the sacrifice of ethics and health, erodes our trust in sport and its inherent value. In the United States, there is no doubt that we face a doping problem. The question is, to what extent is this but one extreme symptom in our country of a greater epidemic — an ethics issue?”
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
Complete Studies about Brains and Head Injuries in NFL Nearly a Decade Away
The Body and Mind Staff of Pennlive.com have this report about studies delving into the study of hits and head injuries, plus the brain in the NFL. As a good friend to The Concussion Blog, Matt Chaney says; “I don’t think tackle football as-is has the time or money for such studies, considering recession-wracked, litigious America… speculation here on possible study of NFL concussions… and what of repetitive sub-concussive blows?…” As always Chaney is spot on.
Within a year, the committee hopes to start gathering data from players through neurological and neuropsychological evaluation, including MRIs of the brain, a genetic profile and even things like body mass index and sleep apnea. These could be important factors because a greater BMI increases the risk for sleep apnea and people with sleep apnea are a greater risk for dementia, Harbaugh said.
Before they can start, however, players and team owners would have to OK the annual player evaluations and work out privacy issues — how the data will be used, he said. After that, it could be 10 to 12 years before the committee sees any pattern start to emerge.