Current state of Keith Primeau
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09-25-2010, 02:58 PM
A Fistful of Dollars
Join Date: Jan 2004
Here are some replies from a similar thread about Flyers' reference books:
the Wall Street Journal
did an article relating to concussions a few days ago and Primeau was mentioned:
What is certain, Dr. Stern said, is that a person who suffers one concussion is more susceptible to another. Keith Primeau would seem living proof of that. Mr. Primeau, who spent 15 seasons in the National Hockey League before retiring in 2006 at age 34 because of post-concussion effects, has agreed to posthumously donate his brain to BU's medical school so head trauma experts can study it.
Mr. Primeau doesn't know how many concussions he has sustained since he began playing ice hockey as a boy. "It's north of 10," he said in a phone interview. His last occurred in October 2005 while he was with the Philadelphia Flyers.
The previous year, though, Mr. Primeau had missed 21 games because of a concussion before coming back in time for the playoffs.
"That's the biggest dilemma," said Mr. Primeau, who still suffers severe headaches and fatigue from time to time. "A trainer goes to a player and says, 'How do you feel?' If you're competitive by nature, you don't give the honest truth. Try to tell a competitive, professional athlete—whether it's hockey or baseball or football or whatever—to tell the honest truth. You're probably not going to get it. And that's what players have to come to understand: There is a consequence to that decision."
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