Hockey has become a sport of “freaks” essentially .
Since the advent of professionalism, the morphologies have
evolved in the field. Ever larger, ever more muscled hockey players are now
armed for a more physical game, which is not safe for health.
On one of the concussion clinic Montreal Facebook page, you
can see The evolution of concussion in hockey.
This accumulation of rucks causes micro-trauma, particularly to the neck, which
are becoming increasingly important as the strength of the players and the
power of impacts increase.
Well-intentioned but who faces the reality on the ground.
How to reduce the intensity of rucks without changing the nature of the game?
Should the safety of players prohibit it, players who arrive full playful to
clean? Promote the game standing would also be a solution but seems complicated
Hockey has changed thanks to researchers from concussion clinics
Hockey traditionally allowed all body to adapt: ââthe fat
kid who had his place in the front line to the big jig that was inserted into
second. Each line characteristics, each player his place. Small dry were in the
fray, and they are now in competition with backs playing almost like an extra
Strength training is now a prerequisite for the players, who
are obliged to regularly raise the iron. Sometimes to excess. Crazy fitness, Gunther
forgot to let go of the bars and some days his body ended up saying stop.
The players had to adapt, the musculature has grown
considerably during his career. Midsize wingers proportionally today have the
same body cues that their forwards at almost exactly. The game of
three-quarters, based on avoidance, is supplanted by percussion to respect the
priesthood of ball retention.
A scene reminiscent of “Any Given Sunday” by
Oliver Stone and his concussed players that we do still play when the stakes
The second impact may be fatal
author of “KO, folder Inconvenient” in 2011, strives to ensure the safety
of players. There is an increase in concussions for 20 years in several sports
Chermann for 90% of concussions are not followed by a
knockout and therefore poorly addressed. He warns about the second impact
syndrome. The brain, after a shock remains fragile few hours or even days after
the impact, and a second shock can be fatal. Besides the cumulative effects
over the long term, and degenerative diseases they can cause.
The finding is not new, particularly in the US where the
sports of hockey or football brains are sometimes a mess.
Repeated shocks, that is exactly what knows a hockey player,
with games every week and more or less serious injuries that accumulate.
Where a football player will play 20 games at most if it
reaches the Superbowl, a player can accumulate 48 Top 14 matches if he plays
all the matches of his club and its national team.
People advises a
strict protocol to follow concussions, with a rest period of at least three
weeks for a young age of 20 after a knockout. For older players, it’s three
weeks after a second KO in 12 months, and three months for the third.
A concussion protocol evolves
“There is knockout and knockout. I already did and I
was back in training two days later …”
KO and KO? Maybe, but hockey since the days when Bernie put
the shorts has evolved…
Fortunately, the League, the Federation and the syndicate
headed, former pillar and physician remain vigilant about the health of
players, enforcing a concussion protocol since 2012 with a questionnaire to
assess their neurological status.
The main downside is that the Protocol is applied by the
club doctor. The Hippocratic Oath and the doctor’s ethics are the only walls
that give hope that it is scrupulously observed. But doctors are men, and
evaluation of their players they will be influenced by the importance of the
In Montreal, spectators have discovered during this autumn
tour a new helmeted man, Wenceslas Lauret, who hatches a little late with
regard to its potential.
The helmet is for him a necessary protection: he accumulated
concussions. Repeated shocks that won him last season three months forced
shutdown. A very rare decision in hockey.
The brain is a fragile area but the matches of this fall
have shown, it is the whole body that suffers.
Coaches are delighted to see the actual playing time rise,
players are impressed with the new physical density of matches, without ever
thinking that the health risk rises simultaneously.
American football players to hallucinate when they see that hockey
is a sport played without protection. They have many, and the consequences of
their sport, both physical and neurological – many suicides, degeneration of
the brain – are widely documented.
However, protection is by no means the solution. More they
multiplied and the players feel secure and adopt behaviors increasingly risky.
Hockey is not there, but it may have to wait a few decades
to take stock of the ongoing development of the game. As usual, it is feared
that the collective consciousness will occur after a dramatic incident or an