NHL Concussion Problem Tougher To Deal With Than You Think

April 6th, 2011 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »
In the northeast United States, there’s an NCAA college hockey program that has been very successful in recent years. In the last five seasons, they have reached their league’s championship game three times, winning it once. They continuously finish close to or in first place at the end of each regular season. Their players consistently finish toward the top of the league’s scoring leaders. Their entertaining contests, each and every weekend, often garner the highest attendance among the school’s sports teams.

One of their best players – and a team captain – has won the league’s MVP trophy, in addition to the team’s rookie of the year award when he was a freshman. Watching him fly around the ice this season, you would never know that he was in the midst of the worst injury of his career – a concussion that would leave him unable to even do schoolwork when the season was complete.

But there was only one person that knew he was hurt for most of the year: himself. Through the majority of the season, he played with a concussion. And when he thought he was better, he suffered another, even more serious head in ...

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