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National Hockey League, others to address severity of concussions

Oct 2, 2015 | Brain Injuries

If there is one thing most people can agree on, it’s that head injuries and concussions can have long-term consequences that hinder people’s lives and their ability to live comfortably. Concussions are common in sporting events, especially in contact sports, making athletes particularly prone. Those with concussions who are athletes could file claims for compensation following their injuries, but the fact is that the injury may never fully heal.

A Sept. 30 report discusses how hockey players have suffered an inordinate amount of concussions and head injuries; the sport is very physical. In the past, players used to “shake out the cobwebs” or simply “get their bells rung,” with little to no concern for the actual head injury itself. These players would continue on, despite the fact that they were suffering a traumatic brain injury.

Today’s National Hockey League is much stricter about how players deal with their head injuries. The same is true across many sporting agencies, as the severity of repeat concussions comes to light. In 2015 through 2016, a major change has taken place in hockey arenas; concussion spotters, as they’re called, are being placed in every arena. These people are to identify players who may need more attention after suffering an impact to their heads.

Concussions are being better understood over time, but it’s important that if you suffer one, you seek medical attention. Whether you’re seeking compensation after your car accident or after a sports injury, your lawyer can help you decide on the best route for getting the compensation you need while you recover. Concussions can be a long-term injury, so you need to consider your present and future needs.

Source: Montreal Gazette, “Editorial: More must be done to prevent hockey concussions,” Sep. 30, 2015

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