Theo Fleury will be our Friday Host this week for a special edition of the The Current that will look at the epidemic of concussions in hockey, the changing demographics of Canadian hockey and a discussion of how men deal with sexual abuse suffered in childhood and adolescence
Dr. Paul Echlin from the Elliot Sports Medical Clinic in Burlington joins Jim and Scott to talk about the issue of concussions in hockey
We started this segment with a clip of Don Cherry reacting to the National Hockey League’s decision not to suspend Zdeno Chara. Chara is the Boston Bruins defencemen who drove Montreal Canadiens’ forward Max Pacioretty head-first into a support post along the boards in Montreal last week.
The hit left Pacioretty with a concussion and a broken vertebrae. And it left the NHL with yet another black eye. Whether it was a dirty hit or not, it came after a succession of ugly checks, lingering concussions, and on-ice violence. For a lot of fans, it was the last straw. And the hit even prompted Canada’s most powerful hockey fan — Prime Minister Stephen Harper — to wade into the discussion. We aired a clip. Full Article
Five months after Derek Boogaard’s last fight on the ice in Ottawa for the NY Rangers in December of 2010, he was dead … an accidental overdose of painkillers and alcohol. A posthumous examination of his brain found he suffered from a brain disease caused by blows to the head. His family’s wrongful death lawsuit seeks to hold the NHL responsible for physical trauma and brain damage experienced over six seasons as an Enforcer. Today, we’re asking about the wider implications for the NHL. Read more
Dr. Paul Echlin says concussions still are not being taken seriously by players and coaches.
Despite years of warnings and studies, and the development of protocals on how to handle players who may have suffered concussions, a new study shows a number of players and coaches don’t take that risk seriously.
Dr. Paul Echlin is the lead author of the study and its primary investigator.