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Head Case

by George James Malik

from the St. Petersburg Times:

Imagine not being able to watch your kids in a school play because being in a crowd plunges you into a cold sweat.
Imagine not being able to drive at night because shining headlights cause dizziness and headaches, or having to walk away from your children because, for whatever reason, they are on your nerves and the patience of which you always were so proud has just about run out.
Imagine, then, you are Rob DiMaio.
It has been 11 months since DiMaio sustained a Grade II concussion in a Lightning preseason game. Eleven months and he still is waiting for life to get back to normal.
“I don’t even know how to explain it properly so somebody can understand it,” DiMaio said by phone from his Toronto home. “It’s frustration, and it’s frustration to the point where you wish you can just take a pill and fix it and it’s not there.”

The St. Petersburg Times has made DiMaio’s concussion the centrepiece of a special report on concussions in sports, including a comparative analysis of the NFL and NHL’s concussion policies, the NFL’s actual guidelines for determining whether a player has sustained a concussion, a list of improvements each sport has made to prevent concussions, and news regarding possible diagnostic breakthroughs via portable CT units and prevention in a helmet called the Xen.

For hockey players, there’s company called Cascade sports, and they claim to have produced a hockey helment that halves the lateral acceleration experienced by the brain when wearing a conventional foam-lined hockey helmet, thus reducing the impact as the brain moves inside the skull.

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