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NHL Hasn’t Done Enough About Head Shots

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News:

So a concussed MMA fighter sits out 90 days, but a concussed NHLer often returns to action the following game, or even the same night. Does that sound to you like a league that can claim to be progressive in its approach to head injuries? If it does, stop reading this column and immediately visit your doctor – you may be concussed yourself.

Now, it’s entirely possible that, even with a much more serious approach to concussion treatment and prevention, Crosby and any of the aforementioned players would’ve been caught up in the sticky web of concussions.

However, the fact of the matter is, had the NHL treated long-since-retired concussion victims as if they were the future of the sport, we might already have had a full-on ban on head shots many seasons ago and far fewer players might be dealing with head injuries today.

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I agree that the NHL and NHLPA have been really bad about this. But it is a total false analogy to compare what MMA has done with the NHL.

NHL players have 82 games and play roughly once every three days during their season, not including the practices.

MMA fighters fight how often? How often do they spar with even moderate contact? Missing 90 calendar days in MMA is not equal to missing 90 calendar days during a hockey season.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 08/25/11 at 05:00 PM ET

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The only thing left for the NHL is to completely ban any hit to the head. That being said many traditionalist and players would oppose that move. It probably is inevitable as more research comes in.  Compared to football at pro, college or high school level, hockey is light years ahead in its attempt to reduce head shots and monitor concussions.

Posted by timbits on 08/25/11 at 05:05 PM ET

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