End of fighting in the NHL?
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10-13-2013, 06:16 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: British Columbia
There was a lot of discussion in this thread about checks being worse than fights. New research suggests that punches are worse than checks. I thought the fall to the ice would be the worse. Still lots of studies would have to be done to prove this but interesting nonetheless.
One example of the latest findings comes from the University of Ottawa, where researchers simulated the hits that commonly caused concussions in hockey players — a head-on check to the head; a fall to the ice; and a left or right hook to the jaw as thrown in a hockey fight — and measured the forces they delivered to a helmet rigged with sensors.
They found that the left or right hooks were by far the most likely to cause concussions, because of the sharp rotational forces they deliver to the brain.
And there was a player who had a seizure after a fight.
If eliminating fighting in junior isn't at the very top of USA Hockey and Hockey Canada's agendas, then it's about to be after a scary scene in a United States Hockey League game on Saturday night.
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