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Published 19 April 2016 | Authored by: Ryan Lake

Melluso Loafers - Women Melluso Loafers online on Australia - 11535026SM, 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”). JB Martin BENJI women's Sandals in Black,PS by Paul Smith Women's Lapin Leather Court Trainers - Metallic Silver - UK 3 - Silver,Dr Martens Dr. Martens Womens Mallow Pink 1461 ShoesValleverde Loafers - Women Valleverde Loafers online on Australia - 11553317NE,Paolo Simonini Loafers - Women Paolo Simonini Loafers online on Australia - 11516144KIRed Wing 3321 Weekender Chukka Brown:Gentlemen/Ladies:Atmospheric Simplicity,Nike Sneakers Size US 6 Regular (M, B),Head Grid 3.0 Indoor Court Shoes - White/Blue, 12 UK,Joseph Loafers - Women Joseph Loafers online on Canada - 11559368VKVionic Orthotic Spendid Effie Flatform Sandal w/ FMT Technology,PIECES Leather Sandals Women Black (38),Lo.White Loafers - Women Lo.White Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11524972JH,Cafènoir Loafers - Women Cafènoir Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11560924RU,Shoes For Crews (Europe) Elva - 5,Adidas Originals Stan Smith Bold Trainers by adidas Originals:Gentlemen/Ladies: Best selling worldwide,Fila Womens Black / White MB Mesh Trainers,Giuseppe Zanotti Sneakers May London In Black Leather,Giuseppe Zanotti natalie Sneakers In Black Fabric With Red Lips Appl,Divine Follie Mules - Women Divine Follie Mules online on Canada - 11563519VPGentlemen/Ladies :Nike Sneakers Size US 6.5 Regular (M, B) : To make the most of materials,Mustang Faux Leather Casual Trainers by Mustang,Stella Luna Loafers - Women Stella Luna Loafers online on Canada - 11539362OM,Love Moschino KARIAN women's Snow boots in BlackKeds Triple Metallic Canvas Pumps by KedsMerrell All Out Crush Shield Ladies Running Shoes - 4 Geox U Smart men's Shoes (Trainers) in multicolourIsabel Marant Mules - Women Isabel Marant Mules online on Canada - 11440258TW,Coliac Martina Grasselli Loafers - Women Coliac Martina Grasselli Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11505253QK, Pikolinos BRISTOL M7J men's Casual Shoes in Brown,

Concussion background

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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

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 Lake

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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