Which league was it thats decided outlaw hard plastic shoulder & elbow pads this season?. Anyone know?. Saw a brief blurb somewhere. Maybe NCAA or one of the CHL leagues?. Anyway, apparently they've all gotta wear soft give equipment. I guess its a start. I know what Id prescribe but I wont bore ya'll with my Neanderthal rantings about face masks, equipment in general, coaching & the idiotic instigator rule.
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.
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.
New concussion study to be presented in Toronto on Saturday (9/17).
"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.
Last edited by LadyStanley: 09-17-2011 at 12:08 PM.
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.).
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.
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.