Hopefully most of my readers already know this, but I am an avid hockey fan. I played for fifteen years competitively, and will definitely play some form of pick up league when I get older. I am thankful to not have suffered any serious injury while playing, but I know many who have. And no injury has been as devastating to more players than a concussion. 

For #loweclass #sports, I will be writing a paper and doing a presentation on concussions in the NHL, specifically how many players are affected by the injury, and what the league is doing to prevent concussions from happening. The NHL was hit extremely hard before last season, with the death of three former NHL enforcers, Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien, and Wade Belak, along with the passing of retired enforcer Bob Probert. These deaths forced the NHL to question whether or not the violent nature of the game was to blame for the traumatic brain injuries that led to these deaths, and thus caused the NHL to make rule changes to protect its players. 

The problem is that it fixes the problems that are happening now. But what about guys like Eric Lindros or Marc Savard? Both guys had their careers ended because of repeated concussions. These players are not protected by the new rules that the NHL implemented, but will still suffer from concussions. The NHL is taking the right step by enforcing these rules, but the veterans need to be protected too.

I wrote a Bleacher Report article about other ways for the NHL to curb concussion injuries, ones that do not have ambiguous meanings as to what a hit to the head is, and how long a player should be sent to the box. Rule changes such as mandatory mouth guards have been backed up by research, and teaching players how to skate with their head up or using hitting coaches to properly teach how to hit will reduce the number of injuries that are a result from reckless skating and hitting. 

Concussions in the NHL are a problem, and its something the 
 





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