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12-03-2010, 12:09 PM
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Yahoo Sports on concussions

When Hockey Canada held a concussion seminar last month in Montreal, the participants received a packet that included a brief welcome letter from Ken Dryden – Hall of Fame goaltender, Member of Parliament in Canada.
Dryden wrote about how we think back on the past and wonder why we could have been so wrong about things. He mentioned slavery, the absence of rights for women and smoking. Then he went to sports. Why did football and hockey players go so long without wearing helmets? Why did hockey goalies go so long without wearing masks?
Then he wondered what people will think of us 50 years from now, and he mentioned head injuries in sports – their short- and long-term effects.

“Knowing what they know then, some hints of which we know now, these people of the future will wonder, ‘What could they have been thinking? Why didn’t they do more?’ ” Dryden wrote.

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