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by George Malik on 03/21/11 at 05:18 PM ET
After this past weekend’s worth of on and off-the-record furor from general managers regarding the NHL’s decision to shove a new concussion-diagnosing profile down the league’s collective throat without consulting its GM’s, coaches or medical personnel, TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the league is at least doing its best to clarify its expectations while addressing the concerns of team doctors:
Last week, NHL general managers who faced the cameras and endured the media scrums following the Florida meetings seemed pleased with the NHL’s new concussion initiatives and swift introduction of enhanced protocol to better diagnose the injury. Yet, over the weekend, reports indicated some unnamed GMs aren’t happy with how the issue is being handled, or implemented.
To date, the league has hosted two of four planned conference calls - mandatory for all team doctors and trainers and optional for NHL coaches and general managers. These calls have been hosted by the NHL’s Julie Grand and Dr. Ruben Echemendia, the director of the NHL/NHLPA concussion working group, and are designed to educate all involved.
Sources say the calls have included a ton of questions, comments and complaints, but have also helped quell a lot of fears and have eliminated some of the misconceptions. For example, it was believed an on-ice official could order a player into protocol. In fact, the officials are not authorized to do so, but they can advise the bench of the symptoms they may have observed, thus encouraging the team’s medical staff to take the necessary steps.
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