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09-11-2011, 01:44 AM
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I watched Slap Shot (again) the other night. The difference between what those guys wore and current equipment is stunning. I don't think King Arthur's jousters wore as much armor as modern players.

Sacrificing your body used to mean as much about giving hits as taking hits. I really believe the hard padding has to go...
My mid 90s player equipment was larger, harder, and much more protective than my father's early 70s GOALIE equipment.

And it's only gotten harder in the last 15 years...

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MLB catcher diagnosed with concussion (collision @ home plate).

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Minor Oaks [Hockey League in Oakdale, Ontario a Toronto suburb] is the largest hockey association in the country to mandate the neuro-cognitive test, which is conducted by the Critical Medicine Research Group using the same so-called ImPACT standard used by the NHL, CFL and virtually every other pro sports league.

The baseline test is conducted online and takes about 25 minutes to complete. It provides a detailed clinical report that can be used by doctors as a comparison point when trying to assess if a player has recovered from a concussion.

Essentially, the testing is designed to ensure that athletes don't return to action too soon.
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Minor Oaks has pledged to foot the entire bill for its players — at $25 per test, it will cost about $65,000 in total — and is providing it to those from the lowest levels of house league right through to the top rep teams.

"We're absorbing the cost within our operating budget because we feel it's important," said Ouellette.

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A bit of a tangent, since Belak did not have a history of diagnosed concussions - but relevant since there appears to be links between concussions and depression.

From the main board TSN article about Depression a very personal and moving piece from TSNs Michael Landsberg about his friend Wade Belak and depression (both Wade's and his).

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=375694

edit: and a couple of other concussion/depression links:

Concussions and depression: Yes, Virginia, there IS a connection.
Are NHL enforcers' addictions, depression a result of on-ice brain trauma?

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09-14-2011, 11:01 AM
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Louis Oullette of the Minor Oaks Hockey Association spoke to Mike Ross about his league's approach to concussions... fb.me/1iw4ZETKT

More from the minor (junior) Ontario league's take on concussions. (Audio)

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Owen Sound #Attack F Joey Hishon unable to participate in #avs rookie camp due to lingering concussion issues from last season. #OHL #NHL

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http://hockeycanada.ca/HeadContactRule

Hockey Canada's new head contact section on their website.

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http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/story/1...to-meeting/rss

New concussion study to be presented in Toronto on Saturday (9/17).

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"There's still an attitude out there that brain injury is like a broken arm," said neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Cusimano, who helped organize the conference.

"We take our brains for granted, and we need to have people realize that you can't take your brain for granted."

Michael Hutchison, a postdoctoral fellow in injury prevention at St. Michael's, will present findings from a study of almost 200 concussions that occurred among NHL players from the start of the 2007 season to midseason 2010.

By analyzing video clips of incidents that led to those brain injuries, Hutchison found that most are caused by direct hits to the head involving actions by other players -- predominantly head shots with a shoulder, elbow or gloves. About one in 10 were the result of fights.
Edit: Interesting that the majority of concussions were suffered in the first period.


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New concussion study to be presented in Toronto on Saturday (9/17).



Edit: Interesting that the majority of concussions were suffered in the first period.
Kind of makes sense actually in a way-first period is when teams have the most energy, want to "set the tone" of the game, that sort of thing.

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http://nhl-red-light.si.com/2011/09/...ssion-victims/

SI with a checklist of players still out and/or recovered from last season's concussions from early camp. Including Rangers' Marc Staal, as well as their take on last week's Toronto event, including some sobering comments on the psychiatric side of things (panic attacks, etc.).

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There can never be too much research on this issue. It has become indispensable for the hockey community as it grapples with understanding the consequences of concussion. Some of the latest research was discussed over the weekend in Toronto.
Most of the time, the symptoms we hear about from concussions are physical, like headaches. But increasingly, we are getting news like what came out of a seminar on Saturday at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital entitled “Outcomes following Concussion in Hockey.”
Dr. Shree Bhalerao told attendees, who including James Christie of The Globe and Mail, “I’ve spent 12 years doing this stuff in an acute setting, but what I haven’t seen is articles from the psychiatric point of view.” He went to detail the psychiatric symptoms he’s encountered from concussions, including depression in 30 percent of the patients, as well as diminished motivation, withdrawal, impaired sleep, anxiety and unfounded fears.
“They don’t want to return to the ice,” Dr. Bhalerao said. “They have a feeling of panic … the elements of an acute stress disorder.” He added that patients also exhibit personality changes, becoming irritable, increasingly impulsive and sometimes lapsing into substance abuse.
“Eighty-seven per cent have cognitive changes in short-term memory and problems in what have become known as executive functions: problems in sequencing organization, attention and planning,” said Dr. Bhaleroa.

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09-30-2011, 11:24 AM
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http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=377063

CP: Researchers looking at helmets to provide better protection against concussions.

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Ken Dryden weighs in...

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sport...l-to-action-or

Talks about playing "Head Smart" but offers up esoteric & conflicting solutions...

Note; I see my links not working dangit!...

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Wasnt there some concussion proof helmet made recently? What was wrong with it that no one used it?

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The Penguins, as is widely known, have taken a very conservative approach with Crosby, hockey’s best-known concussion victim.


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I'll see your Lindros and raise with Keith Primeau.

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Wasnt there some concussion proof helmet made recently? What was wrong with it that no one used it?
I think you might be referring to www.cascadeicehockey.com who joined with Mark Messier to create the M11 helmet and a marketing support program called The Messier Project. As you'll see on the site under News the M11 is being used by various amateur & semi-pro leagues (the NAHL for eg.) from Texas to Alaska.

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Rangers Staal may miss a month of season.

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All Star Ricky Martin's brain studied and shows signs of CTE.

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The Halifax Consciousness Scanner, developed by Mindful Scientific Inc. in conjunction with scientists at the National Research Council of Canada, analyzes brainwaves to determine whether a player has suffered a concussion from a fall or hit to the head.

But the device — a miniaturized form of EEG, or electroencephalogram — isn't intended only for NHL players, said Chris Barden, the company's chief operating officer.

The scan could be employed at the sidelines of any high-impact sporting event, whether the players are children, amateurs or pros, as well as in hospital emergency rooms or at the site of a car crash involving a suspected head injury, he said.
Could get through testing and be in use by 2013 (in Canada).


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All 30 NHL team neuropsych personnel met in Chi yesterday. Talked concussion protocol, testing and ways to reduce head injuries.
NHL and NHLPA also attended neuropsych mtng. Noted a major transformation over past 15 years in awareness of seriousness of head injuries.

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BretHedican 7:26am via Web One of the major reasons why checking was taken out of peewee hockey in the USA. nationwidechildrens.org/concussions

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NFL tells officials to be looking for concussion symptoms.

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http://www.defendingbigd.com/2011/11...ch-tau-protein

Stars blogger with a primer on CTE as well as referencing a couple of recent reports.

Warns that "internet research" may not give folks a good background to understand all the nuances of brain injuries, CTE and concussions (and what's an assumption/hypothesis, observed situations, etc.).

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From today's Murky News:

Stanford football team players in high-tech concussion study

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When a hard-driving Oregon State cornerback slammed into Stanford's standout receiver Chris Owusu on Saturday, the helmet-to-helmet hit gave Owusu his third concussion in 13 months.

But this time, Owusu's high-tech mouth guard recorded the force of the hit, how hard he hit the ground and how much his brain twisted inside his skull.

The Stanford senior and 19 teammates this season began using the special mouthpieces with sensors that measure the force of head movement -- the beginning of an urgent study into the growing phenomena of head injuries plaguing contact sports from high school to the pros.

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Wireless transmitters in the mouth guards send the force data to sideline monitors for addition to a database that will support research into safety and prevention. The system is not set up for immediate analysis on the field.

Stanford is the first university in the nation to conduct field research with the mouth guard at the college level. This new study begins as concerns spread nationwide about the brain injuries that affect some 1.6 million to 3.8 million yearly who engage in sports and recreational activities.

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Stanford's research began this season with the football team.

"When they proposed the idea of having these mouthpieces, I was all for it," said Stanford safety Michael Thomas. "The guys are definitely concerned."

More players want the impact sensors, Garza said, but X2 Impact in Seattle, the company making them, can't yet meet demand. Garza expects the entire team to have them next year.

In 2012, Stanford will start studying the device with the women's field hockey and lacrosse teams.

Some NFL players also may use impact sensors next season for a study, said Kevin Guskiewicz, a sports medicine researcher and member of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee. In September, Guskiewicz won a $500,000 MacArthur fellowship -- the "genius grant" -- to support his research on sports-related brain injuries.

"We definitely have more demand for our gear than we can currently satisfy," said Christoph Mack, president and CEO of X2 Impact. "There's just a tremendous amount of concern and confusion about head impacts."

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If anyone knows the sting of losing a superstar player, it's Bob Clarke.

Through a tumultuous seven-year span, Clarke's Flyers dealt with the ongoing saga of Eric Lindros' concussion problems.
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But regardless of how long Lindros was kept off the ice, it didn't prevent the injuries from piling up.

"We did what the doctors told us," Clarke said. "We never asked Eric to play, to come back from injuries and stuff… if anything we kept him out longer sometimes."

It was a cautious approach on Clarke's part, but in today's NHL Clarke believes that it's the only way to ensure player safety.
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Clarke sees a need to find the root of the problem.

"I think (Shanahan) is doing the job that Bettman wants him to do, but I don't think that's going to stop the concussions," he said.

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In 2012, Stanford will start studying the device with the women's field hockey and lacrosse teams.
I fail to see how this is useful...unless there's some massive concussion epidemic in women's field hockey and lacrosse that we never heard about.

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