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Published 19 April 2016 | Authored by: Ryan Lake

Dr Martens Lubbock - Dark Brown Grizzly Size: 11 UK, 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”). J.bradford Low Boots Black Leather JB-ABRIL men's Mid Boots in Black,Grünland Sandals - Women Grünland Sandals online on Australia - 11485525QPK-Swiss D R CINCH LO men's Shoes (Trainers) in Black, Casual Attitude EVEROA men's Boat Shoes in Brown,Ruby Shoo Susanna - Cream Size: 9 UK,Gentlemen/Ladies:Women's Pleaser Tipjar 708-5: At active Teva TIRRA LEATHER women's Sandals in BlackBirkenstock Sandals - Women Birkenstock Sandals online on Australia - 11444095LN,Nike Women's Lunar Lux Tr Training Shoe,Nike Men's Air Footscape NM Black/Wolf Grey-Wolf Grey852629-001 Size 7Twin-Set Simona Barbieri Sandals - Women Twin-Set Simona Barbieri Sandals online on Canada - 11454186QM,Gentlemen/Ladies:Soft Style Dee :Excellent QualitySuperdry Men's Fero Runner Trainers Navy Size: J.bradford Stiletto Red Shoes JB-MAMEN women's Court Shoes in Red,Josef Seibel Stefanie 23 - Mint Multi Size: 37 EU, Maruti BERBER women's Sandals in WhiteAdidas Golf adidas Adipure TP 2.0 Golf ShoesIcône Sandals - Women Icône Sandals online on Australia - 11462779II,Colors Of California Sandals - Women Colors Of California Sandals online on Australia - 11475315BD,Le Stelle Sandals - Women Le Stelle Sandals online on United Kingdom - 11450820MD,Aigle GIDSON men's Parka in Blue, Perlato NOAURER women's Court Shoes in Blue,Birkenstock Gizeh - Stone 043391 Size: 40 EU, See by Chloé SB30222 women's Espadrilles / Casual Shoes in Gold,Capezio 656 Footlight Cabaret Shoe 3 Heel - Black - UK Adult Size 8Ladies Lily Sheepskin Sliders Midnight UK Size 5/6,Castañer Sandals - Women Castañer Sandals online on Australia - 11462934BA,Cecil Sandals - Women Cecil Sandals online on Australia - 11460614HO,Primigi ROUPANO girls's Sandals in SilverMephisto Helen - Pink Beverly Size: 38 EU,

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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

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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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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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