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Concussions: To Play or Not to Play

From Dan Kinvig of Black Press (via BC LocalNews.com):

After suffering four concussions in 14 months, the former Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks prospect [Michael Funk] has been advised by neurosurgeons and hockey managers that continuing his pro career could be detrimental to his long-term health.

The end of his career looms – at the age of 24.

In conversation, it quickly becomes clear that Funk is a man divided.

“I don’t want to risk the chance of being out of it, of being in that state anymore,” he says. “I’ve been in that state for long segments of my life, and I would never want to be like that for years, or longer.”

But: “I’ve still got my head wrapped around hockey.”

continued… A look at the difficulties for a player who’s faced with the risks from concussions versus his dreams of playing hockey.

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  Tags: hockey+injuries, michael+funk

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