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SBD/March 1, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Columnists Say NHL Should Do More To Protect Players From Concussions
Published March 1, 2013
SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE: THE HOCKEY NEWS' Adam Proteau wrote, "Despite the NHL’s efforts to address what has become an alarming issue in many sports, there’s still far more the league can do to mitigate the unacceptable number of head injuries we’re seeing." Proteau: "I no longer think that a complete headshot ban could work at the NHL level." But there are "practical, very doable ways for the NHL to go further than it has in protecting players to this point." The first is "mandatory sit-out periods for concussed players." The second is for "independent doctors to examine players." The last thing fans should want to see is the "rash of deeply troubled retired athletes like we're currently seeing with former NFL players" (THEHOCKEYNEWS.com, 2/28). Meanwhile, in New Jersey, Andrew Gross asked, “Should concussions be a public matter?” All concussions in the NHL “are reported internally,” but teams are “no longer required to specify injuries to the media, beyond reporting a player is out.” Yet it "just seems intuitive the more public knowledge there is of a problem, the more pressure can be exerted externally to help promote player safety” (Bergen RECORD, 2/26).