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On 6/2/2019 at 8:47 AM, Gothamite said:

The New York Times reminds us that football is not alone in trying to pretend that this isn’t a problem:

 

 

The NFL isn’t the only immoral, indefensible league headed for a serious reckoning. 

Dan Carcillo is a great follow on Twitter when it comes to brain injuries. He discusses his problems that have come with past concussions and he continues to fight the NHL, hoping to break the league's ignorance on the matter.

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There is strong evidence that in an average class of 30 children, at least five will experience a brain injury before the age of 15. The symptoms of mild injury typically resolve in a few days or weeks. But in about 10% of these cases, mild injuries are estimated to lead to long-term deficits – causing problems with memory, concentration, behaviour, mood and personality.

 

Researchers base their estimates of the prevalence of brain injury on a strong association between concussion and persistent negative outcomes. For example, one study showed that children injured during their pre-school years were significantly more likely to have evidence of antisocial behaviour and/or psychiatric disorders during their teen years. These problems persisted into adulthood, with evidence of increased drug and alcohol abuse at the age of 25.

 

As brain injury is a hidden disability – you often can’t tell that there has been an injury – we don’t know a huge amount about. In fact, the symptoms many children experience after brain injury may be attributed to something else. For example, a child who has trouble concentrating and turning in schoolwork on time may seem to have attention problems and be mislabelled as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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http://theconversation.com/hidden-epidemic-childhood-concussion-may-lead-to-long-term-cognitive-and-behavioural-problems-118201?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=twitterbutton

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On 6/2/2019 at 8:47 AM, Gothamite said:

The New York Times reminds us that football is not alone in trying to pretend that this isn’t a problem:

 

 

The NFL isn’t the only immoral, indefensible league headed for a serious reckoning. 

Thing is it’s easier to fix in hockey. It’s the same roadmap that’s brought up when people talk about removing fighting for the game. You just need to know when it cut out the dangerous behaviour in the developmental pipeline. 

 

Contact in hockey starts at the Bantam level of youth hockey, ages 13-14. Take a zero-tolerance policy towards hits that cause head injuries (they already do this with hits that can cause spinal injuries) and you can weed it out of the game in due time. Hell, ban checking entirely if you have to. 

My point is that hockey as a game is not inherently dangerous, the problem is how it’s played. And this can be addressed by altering the rules at the youth hockey level to eventually weaken the “culture” of that style of play. Today’s 13-14 year olds will produce NHLers in five to four years, after all. 

 

With gridiron football? The dangerous hits are a more integral part of the game. Making reform very difficult. 

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Oh, I agree. Football will need significant rule changes.  But it’s not optional, and they can’t lie their way out of this forever. 

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