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10-25-2012, 06:54 PM
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Flyers head orthopaedic surgeon: Will lockout lead to more NHL injuries?

Not sure if this was discussed in some other thread but thought it interesting enough to post as its own thread.

Obviously, the increase in strains and tears is definitely a concern especially for our injury cursed team...

oh and McCrossin doesn't help IMO..but that's another polarizing debate

Ah, October, one of my favorite months. Crisp fall weather is here, football is in full swing, the Major League Baseball playoffs and World Series are upon us and the start of the basketball and hockey seasons have finally arrived. What more can an avid sports fan ask for?

Oh wait! The NHL is in a lockout with no obvious settlement in sight.

It was just a year ago when the NFL went through a similar Lockout. The players missed the mandatory workouts at the team facilities, minicamps and OTAs (Organized Team Activities). When they were finally able to practice with their teams, we saw an increase in muscle strains and tears because the athletes did not train according to a normal NFL regimen. Will we see the same in the NHL?

One difference between the NHL and the NFL Lockouts is that NHL players have the opportunity to play hockey in Europe or for NHL affiliate teams, (AHL, ECHL). There is no such system in the NFL. This allows the athletes to maintain their aerobic conditioning while getting into “hockey shape”. These players who play in other leagues expose themselves to injuries that may have an impact on their teams once the lockout is settled. However, NHL team physicians cannot treat these injured athletes during the Lockout.

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