National Hockey League: How to Reduce Injuries In 3 Easy Lessons

March 13th, 2011 by Shawn Hutcheon Leave a reply »
The rise in injuries, especially concussions, this season seems to be occurring at an alarming rate. Injuries occur in every game and most are of the minor variety that are attended to while the player sits on his bench between, shifts but there seems to be more concussions and other serious injuries than ever before.

People throughout the game are agreeing that the game is being played by bigger players who are the most skilled players in history. These players are also stronger than their predecessors. Combine bigger and stronger players with the most advanced skills the game has ever seen and you get a game that has never been played at the speed and physicality that it is today. Add it all up and you get the recipe for large bodies colliding at unprecedented speeds resulting in serious injuries.

According to NHL TV analyst Mike Milbury, body checking has increased by 40 percent since 2004. This increase was brought about by the "new rules" that dictate how the game is to be played. The speed of the game has increased immensely because the old "clutch and grab" style is no longer tolerated. Players can freely skate as fast as they can to win races for loose ...

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