NHL Making Mockery of Concussions in Playoffs

You know how I feel about hockey, I love it; and playoff hockey is even more exciting.  The best sporting event I have ever attended was Game 6 of the Detroit/Colorado Series in 1997, there is just something about playoff hockey.  There is also one thing that is becoming more evident about playoff hockey; complete lack of consistency regarding player safety, in particular concussions.

On Friday Ryan Lambert wrote a very poignant article about the “concussion culture” and why it “sucks”.  He basically took to task the NHL and their scaling back of awareness and proper management of the concussion;

We take concussions very seriously,” says the National Hockey League.

“Oh really? That’s great,” says the sports fan. “How?”

“Umm well you see…” replies the NHL, trailing off and looking at the tops of its feet. Continue reading

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Fencing Response On Ice

As you followed us during the football season there were many times we referred to the Fencing Response, mainly after hits.  This response is a clear sign that the individual has suffered a concussion (at the least) and should be on top of your observable signs you should be looking for.  If you are new or don’t recall that term click on the link above.

Just as concussions can happen in any sport so can the Fencing Response, take the hit on Jakub Vorcek of the Philadelphia Flyers;

After seeing this last night I noticed that “Puck Daddy” had his take (also a better version of the video) on the hit; Continue reading

Puck Daddy Interview with David Perron

It has been difficult to get professionals to talk about concussions, not only the injury but the recovery from the injury.  Puck Daddy of Yahoo! Sports has posted an interview with St. Louis Blues player David Perron.  It is some good stuff to read;

What do you think is the biggest misconception about concussions?

It’s tough. When you look at the person, he looks normal. I know myself when I’d go in the room last year, I looked normal to the guys and they would ask how I was feeling. And after a while it kind of gets on your nerves a little bit to get asked 30-40 times a day how you’re feeling. You understand the people around your team are caring about you, but you’re trying to get your mind off of everything and hopefully recovering quickly.

I think the biggest thing is, Continue reading