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02-06-2011, 08:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Dado View Post

But why allow it, if doing something about head shots and concussions really is a priority? Circus or not, those are real bare-knuckle punches being thrown...
Rule 48 is not about completely eliminating concussions per se but it's about giving players the ability, should their eyes be up, to see head-high hits coming and brace themselves as much as possible. With the neck strength of a typical NHL player, being able to see the hit can seriously reduce the hit coming because he can tense those muscles and lessen the violent whiplash that causes the serious concussions.

Concussions from fights are relatively rare because of that.

Players are also not obligated to fight, so the risk isn't really the same as hits you can't see coming.

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