The National Hockey League is looking to do what its counterparts at the National Football League have been doing: Find ways to curb concussions.
NHL general managers are meeting in Boca Raton, Fla., this week. They are expected to come up with recommendations on how the league can cut down on concussions, and on Monday did some research on the topic. They saw a video and presentation on concussions. http://www.facebook.com/MyHSN?o=!BNTG0&cm_sp=Global*BN*FaceBook#!/photo.php?pid=3728833&id=21001247744
One physician, Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz, who leads the sports concussion program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is quoted as saying that the force of blows to the head are similar in hockey and football.
Some medical experts are advocating that the NHL adopt a zero-tolerance policy for blows to the head.
At least one sports columnist Monday argued that the number of concussions in the NHL has dropped. http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/article/776933–cox-concussion-conundrum-faces-nhl-executives He didn’t expect pro hockey to enact many changes.
To illustrate the concern, Boston Bruins center Marc Savard suffered another concussion on Sunday. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=520708 Savard, who has had prior concussions, was hurt when the Bruins lost to the Penguins. The Penguins’ Matt Cooke hit Savard in the head with his shoulder.