It’s not even a week into the NHL playoffs and we have already had two controversial hits in which players heads were targeted.
Jarrett Stoll’s hit on Ian White and Raffi Torres’ hit on Brent Seabrook were both illegal under the NHL’s head check/ blindside hit policy, yet only one player was suspended.
It seems like every week there are more and more players going down with concussions and the league really has yet to do anything about it.
This is not a new theme as concussions, have been happening in hockey for many years.
Several studies were released in April, one by the NHL and one by a group of medical doctors; both of these studies outlined the concussion issues in hockey and provided concussion statistics dating all the way back to 1997. The NHL study was trying to say that concussions aren’t as big of a problems as they used to be and their stats showed that concussions have been slowly decreasing over the years. According to the NHL only 14% of the concussion received this past season were due to illegal hits.
The doctors were able to produce a report outlining some of the aspects that the NHL steered clear of. They announced that from 1997-2004 a total of 559 concussion were reported in the NHL. That’s an average of about 80 concussions a season.
Information, opinions and analysis about the issue of concussions is sports have been all over the internet for the past few years. Most of this information is all over the place and mixed all of the other information on the web.
I recently found this new application called trailmeme. It allows you to create tell a story through a series of websites and links.
I took a bunch of interesting articles and websites about the issue of concussions in sports that I found while I was browsing on the web and made a trail. Check it out and let me know what you think.
I will be adding more articles and sites as I find them.