I was contacted yesterday by Chelsea Travers who is an outreach representative for Care Meridian, a subacute care facility located in the Western United States. Care Meridian specializes their care in treating traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries and other nuerological type conditions that can be caused from the physical play of this sport.
Chelsea had asked me to post an article about ways to combat these serious conditions and ways to potentially change the rules for the better regarding hits to the head, better and improved equipment, and an overall better understanding of the damage that can be caused.
Here’s the link to the article that Chelsea had sent to me.
The NHL is reviewing and discussing ways to cut down on these types of injuries and they should. Too many times a players season has been cut short, or career has ended from hits to the head. Here in Florida our own David Booth as we all know missed 45 games from the hit delivered my Philadelphia’s Mike Richards in October of 2009. He then missed action again after his return from a hit by Montreal’s Jaroslav Spacek. We really don’t know if Booth will ever fully recover.
Some of the onus is on the players, but some of the onus is on the rules committee as well. Figure out a way to make the equipment better, and install rules that will help to prevent this from continuing.
I’m all for hard hitting. You will never hear me say anything but. However, players are bigger, faster and stronger in today’s game. If everyone involved is more aware, they can cut back and preserve the careers of many players.
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