Georgia Boot 5" Amplitude 5" Boot Comp Toe Waterproof 03b1ecPublished 19 April 2016 | Authored by: Ryan Lake
Grenson Leander Cap Toe Boot, This is first in a series of blogs by Ryan Lake. The blogs are intended to give an overview of some of the contemporary legal issues impacting the sport of ice hockey, with a strong focus on the National Hockey League (“NHL”). Readers are encouraged to leave comments and participate in debates around the topics raised.
This blog examines the difficult and concerning issue of player concussions, focusing on a review of the ongoing consolidated litigation by ex-players against the NHL relating to the long-term effects of concussion and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (“CTE”).
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Geox Kids Agata 24 (Little Kid/Big Kid), The true extent of brain damage after suffering multiple concussions in sport was not scientifically discovered until the untimely death of Mike Webster in 2002.1 Webster was a Hall of Fame football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League (“NFL”).2 After playing 17 years in the NFL and suffering multiple concussions, Webster started to experience symptoms normally only shown in people suffering from dementia and was prescribed a powerful cocktail of medications.3 In 2002, at the age of 50, Webster died from heart failure.
The pathologist on call at the Allegheny Medical Coroner’s office the day Webster died was Dr. Bennet Omalu.4 Dr. Omalu, conducted several tests on Webster’s brain, in the hope of discovering what was causing his symptoms. What Dr. Omalu found would change medical and sports history. Dr. Omalu described Webster’s brain “as one of boxers, very old people with Alzheimer’s disease or someone who had suffered a severe head wound.”5 Dr. Omalu published his findings and named his discovery CTE.
A medical diagnosis of CTE can only be made after a posthumous examination of the brain. Over the next ten years, several former NFL and College football players were diagnosed with CTE, including, Terry Long, Andre Waters, Tom McHale, Owen Thomas, Dave Duerson, Ray Easterling, and Junior Seau, among others.6
Item Information:Get the best performance out of every day with the reliable protection and comfort of the Georgia Boot™ Amplitude 5\ Comp Toe Waterproof work boot. Style number: GB00216.Full grain leather upper. Ergo-Fit composite safety toe is designed to match the contours of the foot, providing superior comfort and flexibility.Georgia Waterproof System offers a breathable and dry foot environment that allows air to get in, while keeping water and mud out.Reflective webbing offers additional safety in evening hours.Cradle lacing system for a secure fit.Padded collar and tongue.Light and flexible cement construction.Durable rubber toe and heel guard. High performance mesh lining for superior breathability and comfort.AMP™ (advanced memory polyurethane) footbed features a unique dual layer of polyurethane on the bottom layer for maximum cushioning and a memory foam top layer so it molds to the shape of your foot. Cushioned EVA midsole provides support and shock adsorption.Nylon shank for lightweight stability.Durable rubber outsole resists chemicals, oils and slips while remaining flexible. \u003Cstrong\u003EComp toe meets ASTM F2413-11 I\u002F75 C\u002F75, EH safety standards.\u003C\u002Fstrong\u003EImported.Product measurements were taken using size 11, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.Weight of footwear is based on a single item, not a pair.
After the discovery of CTE and the multitude of deaths associated with the disease, former NFL players filed a lawsuit against the NFL. Additionally, the U.S. Congress launched a former investigation in the NFL and its handling of players suffering from concussions.7
These events not only impacted the NFL but had ramifications throughout the sporting world.
CTE and the National Hockey League
The summer of 2011 was one of the most tragic periods in the history of the NHL. That summer saw the deaths of Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Leafe Wade Belak in a span of four months. Boogaard, Rypien, and Belak, all played the role of enforcer during their NHL careers. An enforcer, in hockey terms, is a designated player given the responsibility and task of defending the other players on his team from cheap shots and other dirty plays. Enforcers tend to accomplish this task by playing a very physical game and specialize in the art of fighting. The three players also shared many of the common symptoms of CTE.8
It is reported that it is common for those who suffer from CTE to become depressed and resort to the use of drugs and alcohol to cope with the disease.9 Boogaard, Rypien, and Belak all suffered these symptoms towards the end of their lives.10
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About the Author
Ryan is an American attorney at Lake Law Group, LLC and a sports consultant at Beyond the Playbook. He works extensively on ice hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball and Olympic movement issues. Ryan is also an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s University School of Law.
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