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12-03-2012, 09:20 PM
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Is player safety the elephant in the room regarding CBA negotiations? It seems to be a forgotten portion.

Last month there was a major symposium at Toronto Western Hospital’s Krembil Neuroscience Centre. Marc Savard, the brilliant Boston Bruins centre who appears to have lost his career to a headhunter’s foolishness, has joined the advisory board of the Canadian Sports Concussion Project headed by Dr. Charles Tator. Other athletes, from football and hockey, are increasingly stepping forward in this project to tell their stories of the struggles they and their families have faced in dealing with the long-term effects of severe blows to the head.

And on Monday, Brain, a leading scientific journal, carried a report on the world’s largest study on concussions. Scientists at Boston University studied the brains of 85 athletes involved in high-impact sports and determined that 68 of them – including those of hockey players Reggie Fleming, Derek Boogard and Bob Probert – were found to show signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The long-term effects can be devastating.

“I don’t think we can ignore it any longer,” Lead author Anne McKee, a professor of neurology and pathology at the U.S. school told The Globe and Mail. “It’s not going to go away if we pretend it doesn’t exist. It does exist.”
At times last season more than $50mm of salaries were on IRs around the league due to concussion. Eliminating concussions might go a long way to cutting down the $182mm difference reported between league and union.

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