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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