Research That Should Stop You In Your Tracks

OK, that title may be hyperbole, but the new research out of Canada should make you take a step back and realize what our fine researchers are now able to discover.  Considering the context of hockey it shouldn’t be shocking that this was found in Canada (since posting we have been informed that work was done on both sides of the border), but really for a long while now some of the best work on concussions is coming from the North, for whatever reason (no disrespect to the US scientists).

Now that I effectively pissed off a few readers with the last comment, here is what was found by Dr. Paul Echlin and team:

  • concussions alter the white matter of the brain
  • structural damage can now be seen
  • MRI was used
  • this is both males and females
  • brain vascular changes were noted in males only, but resolved at two months
  • comparison with control counterparts showed that concussed individuals had white mater changes at end of season (upon being fully resolved from injury)

From the CTV News article (video at jump);  Continue reading

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Chevy Joining the Concussion Fight

Although we all should know that helmets DO NOT prevent concussions, they are vital part of collision sports, especially football, hockey and lacrosse.  Knowing this, having the newest helmet possible is the best for any athlete and a high priority for the younger athletes.  On Tuesday Chevrolet announced it is joining with Hockey Canada to provide a huge donation;

The auto maker announced Tuesday it will partner with Bauer and Hockey Canada to provide more than 20,000 helmets for children born in 2006, who are registered for the 2011-12 season.

GM Canada spokesman Jason Easton said the company wanted to expand its Safe and Fun Hockey program and felt protecting the heads of new players was a good way to start.

EVERY SINGLE 5-year-old in Canada will be given a helmet. Continue reading

Ice Hockey Summit: Action on Concussions

The Mayo Clinic is hosting this conference today and tomorrow in hopes of examining, educating and making changes in the sport of hockey to reduce the concussions.  As you have seen here on this blog NHL concussion are numerous, already.

The conference is being led and put together by Dr. Michael Stuart.

Stuart, the vice chair of orthopedic surgery and the co-director of sports medicine center departments at the Mayo Clinic, is spearheading a two-day summit on concussions beginning Tuesday.

Scientists, trainers, coaches, officials, and equipment manufacturers from the United States, Canada and Europe will gather at the clinic’s sports medicine center for the “Ice Hockey Summit: Action on Concussion” conference.

What is groundbreaking about this summit is that there will be an action plan voted on by the attendees and put into place after the summit is over.

“When this is done, we’re not only going to have the most up-to-date information about concussions, but we’re also going to have an action plan which has been prioritized by leaders in the medical community as well as the sport of hockey,” Stuart said.

Read the story at the WashingtonExaminer.com.