Concussions in Hockey

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Millions of people are registered throughout North America for participation in Canada’s national sport and pastime, ice hockey. Most young hockey players have the dream of making it to the National Hockey League (NHL). Because of this incentive to keep striving towards their ultimate goal in their hockey career, they idolize the players in the NHL. Therefore, youth players may obtain certain habits from the elite, whether those habits are good or bad. Some cases are of bad influences, such as young players obtaining the dirty playing habits of the professionals. The primary action that influences the youthful population is body checking. With the thought of losing a game, it is no wonder why players have the urge to play rough and potentially hurt the opposing team in order to be victorious. For that reason, hockey is a strong collision sport that requires great skill and motivation. Although body checking is believed to be a useful tool in the winning of hockey games, it can be the cause that leads to injury among players. Because of the rougher play, lasting brain injuries are becoming a worry and too many players are exposed to the lasting effects of the head injury. According to Michael Cusimano July 22, 2003 the article entitled “Body Checking and Concussions” states, “With the rising incidence of traumatic brain injury in hockey, too many players are exposed to the lasting effects of such injuries, some of which are not fully realized until the brain completes its maturation.” For this reason, new equipment and regulations need to be devised for use in the near future. The future of hockey protective equipment is closer than originally thought. New helmets and equipment designs aid in the protection of all skill level... ... middle of paper ... ...Journal." Canadian Medical Association Journal - March 8, 2011. 22 July 2003. Web. 08 Mar. 2011. Klein, Jeff Z. "Hits to Head Pressuring The N.H.L. To Change." News Bank - Access World News. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2009. Web. 5 Mar. 2011. Klein, Jeff Z. "Unanimity to Ban Blindside Hits to the Head." News Bank. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2010. Web. 2 Mar. 2011. Knapik, Joseph J., Stephen W. Marshall, Robyn B. Lee, Salima Darakjy, and Sarah B. Jones. "EBSCOhost: Mouthguards in Sport Activities." EBSCO Publishing Service Selection Page. Sports Med, Feb. 2007. Web. 08 Mar. 2011. . "Sympatico CBC News Ottawa." Local News. 8 Mar. 2011. Web. 8 Mar. 2011. .

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