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NHL Rule Changes Did Not Cut Down The Number Of Concussions

from the CP at TSN,

A new study says a recent NHL rule change designed to cut down on the number of concussions in the league hasn't made a difference.

The research suggests the rule, which outlawed bodychecks aimed at the head and checking from a player's blind side, has not led to lower concussion rates among pro hockey players.

The senior author of the work says part of the problem is that referees aren't enforcing the rule.

And Dr. Michael Cusimano says another issue is that these types of incidents aren't the major cause of concussions in hockey.

Cusimano says fighting is a more common cause of concussions in the sport.


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Evilpens's avatar


Posted by Evilpens on 07/17/13 at 06:31 PM ET

Joe Z.'s avatar

I would say the rules are ok as they are, the execution sucks, especially the refs and shanahan.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 07/17/13 at 06:57 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

The emphasis in terms of the entire article—save allowing Dr. Charles Tator to continue his Nader-like, “Hockey is unsafe at any speed” spiel—is that the enforcement of the rules and the emphasis on it being the “hitee’s fault that he got hit” yield Joe Z’s suggestion. To me, the key quote is this one:

“So it’s like his fault, because he put himself into a vulnerable position. And this highlights one of the major problems in sport and particularly in hockey these days. We victimize the victim even more, rather than looking at the game and the system and saying: ‘What can we do to reduce these injuries?”’ Cusimano said.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/17/13 at 11:45 PM ET

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