Hockey Camps Almost Open; What Have We Learned

North America concussions are mainly focused on two sports: football and hockey.  Rightfully so as the youth level of these sports are ever growing so the impetus is on all of us to be aware of the injury and it’s proper management.  Sean Meister of Fox Sports ran a story about the work that has yet to be done in the NHL;

It’s worrisome when a player of Crosby’s importance continues to encounter symptoms eight months after the injury. Yes, Crosby is the face of the NHL in many respects. His injury is harmful to the league and is causing some headaches for the NHL brass. Fortunately for those in the NHL offices, they don’t have to suffer the same headaches as Crosby.

The reality is that Crosby is a 24-year-old with a serious injury to his brain. Nothing should take away from that scary reality.

Although Rule 48 was put in place, some modifications still need to be made in the NHL.  How about this change/update; Continue reading

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Editorial, Crosby, Morneau & Ice Meets Ice

Sean Meister of Fox Sports Inside Hockey took a stance against the concussion problem beginning to plague the NHL.  In his editorial he used the instances of Sidney Crosby and Marc Savard as examples of how the NHL might not be doing enough.  Meister contends that even though the “more is needed” group is valid in all conversations, sometimes they are more worrisome than valid, this instance in hockey and with concussions is no such case.

Concussions are more than statistics on games lost and player performance. They are more than media buzz, commentator talking points and a reason to attack the game of hockey. And, ultimately, concussions are more than just a reality of a physical sport.

Often lost in all the analysis of what causes concussions is the result and aftermath of them.

This is where we stand on the issue as well.  The injury is going to occur in sport and life, but how we, as players, coaches, medical professionals and parents (just to name some) handle them is the real issue.  However the prevention of the injury itself is also an issue that should be addressed, and it is.

Currently we have only limited data suggesting the long-term effects of concussive episodes, and although they are very powerful,  waiting for all long-term studies to finish may be too long.  This issue takes a multidimensional approach including prevention, research, trial (and error), new evaluation tools, and management.  Is it the best we can do, yes…  Because doing nothing and ignoring the issue and denying the fact that something is happening is ‘dirty pool’ to all that have and will sustain concussions.

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Sidney Crosby is taking the recovery serious, Continue reading