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." Sympatico.ca Local News. 8 Mar. 2011. Web. 8 Mar. 2011. .
In modern time medical science has gotten the ability to heal all injuries that occur in sports. It has given us variety of medicines and health care practices by which we can prevent the injury that could happen to the player in any sport. Medical science has advanced so much now that it can recover almost anything; therefore hockey injuries are not a big deal. 58% of injuries are from the lower body and upper body, and 42% are head, and also almost 82% of the times it is a minor injury. Study has now advanced and can help a player heal from an injury quickly, easily, and in less time.
Injuries are common in most sports that have a contact component attached. Whether it’s at a professional level, or a school level, injuries are always bound to occur in contact sport. This analysis will look into the role headgear could, should and would play, and debates whether it should be made mandatory. Olympic sports such as Ice Hockey, Bicycle Riding and Baseball are just some examples that currently require athletes to wear a form of headgear. However, Australian contact sports such as AFL and Rugby give the option for players to wear headgear for protection. In 2011, 14 year old Ben Robinson was hospitalised after being treated 3 times in a game for head blows in a rugby game . In 1994, professional boxer Bradley Stone died from head injuries whilst boxing against Richie Wenton . Examples like these show the brutality of contact sports. Because of this, my paper will look at the issue of headgear in contact sport and will particularly look at this issue at junior sports level.
The world of sports is filled with great memories, grand moments and at times complete mayhem. There are moments like hitting a Home Run in game 7 of the World Series or memories of scoring an overtime goal during the Stanley Cup finals. However, there are also incredibly low moments when mayhem occurs such as an action or incident that results in a concussion. An injury such as a concussion can ruin your sports career or potentially your ability to function normally in the future. Concussions are caused by blunt force trauma to the head, a fall or an injury that shakes the brain inside the skull. Recovering from a concussion can take weeks, months or even years to heal. For some, it can impair your mental or mobility functions for life.
In American football, helmets are required to decrease traumatic brain injuries and have been successful in doing so. A large part in the success of helmet design is improvements in technology. The sizes of athletes have gone up to make football more dangerous. To protect against brain injury, helmets designs have changed to become heavier and wider, filled within the space are energy absorbing materials, air space and padding to protect the skull upon impact. Originally, helmets were designed to prevent only traumatic brain injuries, but technology is advancing to fill the gap of concussions. Until recently, the seriousness of concussions were not considered part of the equation that needed to be addressed, so manufactures did not utilized in constructing helmets to address this issue (Post et al. 653). Upon predicting risk of concussions in tests, by themselves linear and rotational acceleration are not suitable measurements for modern helmets. These testing measurements do not address the rotational forces and minor hits to the brain which are associated with concussions (Post et al. 654). Given the seriousness of concussions in contact sports, more attention is given to prevent and reduce concussions through testing methods and advancing technology, stronger regulation and changes to the sport. As stated in the article involving the National Football League (NFL), “The risk involved in playing sports are also very real. The NFL is struggling with serious mental and physical health problems because they sustained repeated mild traumatic brain injuries, is what concussions are called. (“Concussions and Marketing of Sports Equipment” 6).
Recreational athletes, competitive athletes, high school athletes, college athletes, and professional athletes all have one thing in common: the risk of a concussion. It's impossible to go a season without one athlete from a team receiving a concussion. The more that these concussions are studied, the more we learn about them, such as their detrimental effects on athletes. Because of the risk of health issues and death that come with concussions, doctors, coaches, athletic trainers, and lawmakers are stepping in to protect athletes of all levels from receiving concussions.
Concussions, a concern to many athletes in high school, college, and pro sports. By definition a concussion is a severe injury to the brain that alters the way it functions and many people die from having one. In a study a total of 167 high school athletes got a concussion playing football, soccer, lacrosse, or cheerleading. The number of concussions has been reduced over the years, but are still a major issue. In pro football people tend to blame the NFL for the concussions, but the players are the real people to blame for this issue. Sure the NFL has ignored some of the advice giving to them for the concussions, but they have used a lot of cash to find a solution for the concussions. The NFL is innocent for the concussions because players ignore the concussion when they get one, risks have always been in sports, and the NFL is currently trying to reduce concussions.
With or without fighting, hockey is undoubtedly one of the most violent sports in the world. Even so, other contact sports like boxing, mixed martial arts, or football arguably create a comparable or higher danger in comparison to that of fighting in hockey. Let’s take football for example, a sport that is heavily criticized for the number of concussions and long-term brain injuries suffered. Ann McKee, a Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy researcher at Boston University believes that playing football “would not be worth the risk”, after Boston University researchers discovered that 92 of 96 brains studied of former NFL players contained some form of CTE (Perez, 2017). Additionally, Mixed martial arts and boxing are even receiving criticism after former Canadian UFC fighter Tim Hague died in a hospital shortly after being knocked out in a boxing match in June 2017 (Fox News, 2017). So what is the difference between fighting in hockey and the violence demonstrated in football or mixed martial arts? Nothing. Unfortunately, all contact sports present a risk to a person’s health and security. Players that decide to participate are taking on that risk voluntarily and if people want to simply eliminate fighting in hockey, then they must also eliminate the contact and other dangerous elements of hockey or any contact sport in general. This is realistically