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09-03-2011, 08:25 AM
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I disagree. I don't think it's basic anxiety/stress related to playing in the NHL in general, or being borderline talents, etc. These enforcers have been very specific in pinpointing the fact that they're anticipating a fight. As I mentioned, this is beyond my comprehension in why it's so nerve-racking for them: logic dictates that, after 10-15 years as enforcers in hockey, they ought to be accustomed to it. Fighting a dozen times a year, in often staged fights, where the fight lasts 30 seconds and where you've got a lot of equipment and a helmet doesn't seem to be the most frightening thing either. But there's a consistent narrative given by some of the more accomplished heavyweights that it is, in fact, a very difficult, anxiety-ridden job. I believe this to be beyond the comprehension of most anyone not in their shoes.
I don't think the comparison to MMA fighters works at all since, as mentioned, this is all they train for and this is their very purpose in their athletic lives.
You very well good be right, but I would like an investigation into this before claiming it as fact.
I also agree about the mma fighters being more prepared for what's coming, since it's all they do, my comparison there was to touch on the actual impact of getting hit in the head, not necessarily the larger psychological impact involved in the 2 sports.
It's a touchy subject that we don't really know all the aspects feelings/emotions that these guys are experiencing, so what should the NHL do? Eliminate fighting without an investigation or work towards a treatment/awareness program, I don't know anymore. You have some valid concerns, no doubt, but over the history of the league, how many guys have committed suicide and how many of them can be attributed to fighting alone? Would Probert have been a cocaine/drug user if he was never an enforcer in the NHL, I think so, but don't know for sure. The lifestyle and society we live in is just as much to blame as the fighting imo.
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