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12-16-2011, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by brah View Post
Are there more concussions or are they just looking for them more?
I think it's definitely a case of better diagnosis methods are leading to an increase in numbers moreso than an increase in the number of concussions...

Kelly Chase pointed out last night on On The Fly that where we are used to seeing NFL players return after a week from a concussion, that's because they don't have guaranteed contracts and are fighting week to week for their jobs. In the NHL they do have guaranteed contracts and are doing a much better job protecting the players long term even if it means you take a hit in the short term.

Hockey is a high speed collision sport...players are getting bigger, stronger, faster every year, but equipment has only recently started improving. Still a long way to go, but they're making progress.

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