We have been offering suggestions to the NHL on how to change the game for the past few weeks (see here and here), as you go through the searches more and more people are doing the same, especially up north. The Globe and Mail with author David Shoalts proposed most of the same information we had;
- Culture change (respect)
- “The NHL should tap into the long list of reputable concussion experts willing to help and develop a sensible plan for treating concussions. Then it should get the National Hockey League Players’ Association to join it in strongly encouraging the players to follow it.”
- Rule changes (see outlawing all head contact)
- Game changes (see speed)
We could only find two concussions in the NFL last week, this goes to show that without the fine journalists this process in the regular season was very daunting. Those players were on the same team, New York Giants: DJ Ware and Aaron Ross.
If anyone has more information as the post season progresses we would greatly appreciate it.
More misinformation about mouth guards, this time its a new company spouting out potentially fraudulent claims. Nothing like selling beach front property in Arizona (my comments in bold);
Experts acknowledge that the force delivered to the jaw is transmitted to the skull that surrounds the brain. This can result in potential concussions (the force of the head moving causes the concussion not the jaw). There are professional opinions that suggest wearing a customized mouthguard fitted to the wearer can help to reduce the frequency of concussions and severity (professional Snake Oil salesmen, or those vested in this industry, not ONE independent researcher). “Although no definitive studies have proven or disproven the mouthguard/concussive injury link, it is clear that the device plays a significant role in player safety,” said a Grill Armor dental technician (although band-aids on your forehead studies have not proven or disproven the concussive injury link it is clear that band aids prevent cuts to the head and therefore a role in player safety).
This must stop!
Repetitive concussions are getting press even in the often overlooked sports, including women’s basketball, this is a case of a player at the University of New Mexico;
The 2011-12 hospital march continues this week with Deeva Vaughn making the latest visit. The junior post suffered her third concussion of the season at practice over the weekend and is out of the lineup indefinitely.
“It’s going to be a while,” Lobo coach Yvonne Sanchez said. “It concerns me because Deeva seems to be getting more susceptible to (concussions), and this is not something you can take chances with. There’s a whole protocol she has to go through now, and that’s good. We need to find out what’s really going on and make sure Deeva’s fully healthy.”