I am a sports nut, that should go without saying, but one of the most exciting sports has begun its campaign. Living in Illinois, I am often reminded of who are the current keepers of Lord Stanley’s Cup but I also have a keen eye on my hometown team, the Colorado Avalanche. With all that being said I do not follow hockey nearly as well as football, or my own high school sports (our soccer team in undefeated). However, this is a sport that is also classified as a collision sport and is predisposed to disproportionate amounts of head trauma.
This season there should be some interesting findings about concussions as a confluence of a few rule changes as well as an Olympic schedule may in fact reduce the incidence of concussion, here is why;
- Longer season (not strike shortened) so the players don’t feel the pressure to play so damned hard so quickly
- Olympic schedule will have players worried about country over NHL when the winter gets in full swing
- Fighters must keep helmets on for fights (I guess visored players cannot fight) for protection when falling to the ice
- Rule 48 is in its third year, referees, players and the league have a better grasp on the outlawed hits
OK, logically there should be “more” concussions Continue reading