Both teams have now issued updates statuses on the injured players. Despite the optics of each hit and the initial optimism from the Lightning, it seems that Hedman has likely suffered a worse injury than Pacioretty. Given the time taken to update his condition, it is likely that Pacioretty was evaluated for a concussion but seemingly avoided one. As Pacioretty cuts to the right, Coburn lands a shoulder right to his face.
A bit of denial, a touch of concession — and a lot of confusion about the short- and long-term effects of head trauma. As was to be expected. What delighted me, however, was the mention that the league had been working with two corporate sponsors on a concussion-education video for youth hockey players, their families and coaches.
Story continues below advertisement Perhaps we are not as far apart as it sometimes seems. It is equally clear that it has chosen to deal with it only partly.
You might rightly take painkillers for a broken leg, but painkillers cannot set the bone. The league has obviously been aware of the growing concerns over head injuries, particularly repetitive trauma to the head. The proof is in the pudding that it did some limited injury protection in that fighting has demonstrably gone down in the NHL.
That's a good thing. If the concussion issue had not come along, then I think fighting may even have gone up, as the trend to have assigned pugilists in the lineup had become a virtual given. So it is fair and proper to say that some good has come from this ongoing discussion.
There has been some attention paid to the issue by the league. We Charles Tators of the world would just like to see more.
First aim, obviously, is to reduce the number of actual concussions, what we call primary prevention. Then we need to practise good secondary prevention, which means once a concussion has happened take the steps to treat that concussed person correctly.
That means management according to best principles that have been tested over time. This would include removal of the player from the game or practice where the concussion occurred. It would include waiting until the symptoms have gone for a certain time. And then it would involve the reintroduction of physical and mental activity, gradually, leading to a return to the sport.
This is all part of proper management in But remember, this is an evolving story. In the concussion field we are still playing catch-up, because it was ignored for so long. We are all still learning, whether you are a youth player, a professional player, a coach or even a medical practitioner.
As we learn more, we have to alter our management principles. We will all be learning more. We will talk about what is truth and what is not truth in this "moving target" of a critical health issue.
We all have to keep up. Story continues below advertisement Story continues below advertisement As for the NHL, so important to the sport of hockey as a key focal point, those who run the league have the power to do more than they have done.
What we've learned with concussions is that for every sport, the strategies have to be sport specific. What works in football isn't going to work in hockey. Similarly, rugby has another set of circumstances that have to be dealt with.
The people in the sport who know that sport best are the best ones to make those changes. One obvious step would be to address the ongoing issue of shoulder pads and elbow pads. That's been on the NHL's agenda for a long time, but I don't see much movement there despite years of talk and intention.
There is just no reason for some equipment to be like metal sledgehammers that knock people out. They should be protective for the person wearing them and not be offensive to the person who gets clobbered with it.
There's no reason for them to be the way they are. It seems to me the hockey world has known about this for a long time, but there's only so much inertia when it comes to effecting real and necessary change. I would also like to see greater attention paid to the person who is the repetitive perpetrator of concussions.
Hitting someone in the head can be just circumstances, of course, and not every hit to the head is intentional. There is a certain element of chance and risk in the game and we are all in favour of a physical game within the appropriate rules.
That said, deliberate hits to the head should be dealt with more severely, in my view. Repeat offenders need to be identified and appropriately punished.
That includes, certainly at the NHL level, a monetary fine. And the offender should be out of action for a meaningful period of time.Jan 07, · In short, the league shamefully wants complete immunity after failing to warn its players about the long-term consequences of head injuries when it was in a position to do so.
The former Philadelphia Flyers centre, Keith Primeau, was diagnosed with four concussions over the course of his 15 seasons between the Red Wings, Whalers, Hurricanes and Flyers. Primeau totalled points before his final head injury forced him into an early . Former NHL Players sue NHL Over Head Injuries.
Written by James P. Nevin. Ten former National Hockey League players claim in a class-action lawsuit that the NHL concealed 'the severe risk of brain injuries' and 'exposed players to unnecessary dangers.'. Shoulder Injuries.
The most common shoulder injuries in hockey are a shoulder separation and a broken collarbone. These injuries occur from direct contact of the shoulder with another player, the boards, or the ice.
Treatment can include a sling, rest and in serious cases surgery. A new study on the effects of head injuries on hockey players represents a positive glimmer, but should in no way discourage the NHL and junior hockey leagues' important, but nascent efforts to prevent concussions.
Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros missed more than games because of injuries and absorbed multiple concussions. Retired professional hockey players and their families sued the NHL, claiming that the league failed to warn them about the dangers of head injuries and the long-term neurological problems such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).