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Published 19 April 2016 | Authored by: Ryan Lake

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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”). Le Coq Sportif COURTACE SPORT men's Shoes (Trainers) in Blue,Dr Martens 1460 Black Patent, Shoes, Boots & Chelseas, Tall Boots, Grey, Black, Female, 37Pas De Rouge Loafers - Women Pas De Rouge Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11532320BX,Tamaris Gemstone Studded Toe-Post Sandals by Tamaris:Gentlemen/Ladies:Outstanding Stretch,Nike Black/White Roshe One Slip Women's Sneakers Size US 7.5 Regular (M, B),BIANCO Knit Sneakers Women Black (39):Man/Woman:Long-Term ReputationPf16 Loafers - Women Pf16 Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11535802HN,Paloma Barceló Loafers - Women Paloma Barceló Loafers online on Canada - 11510411KA,Ash Loafers - Women Ash Loafers online on Canada - 11005445PTTod's Loafers - Women Tod's Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11569444LB,Nike Pink/Gray New Zoom Winflo 4 Sneakers Size US 8.5 Regular (M, B),Pantofola d'Oro Vigo Uomo Low Pumps by Pantofola dOro-Man's/Woman's- Up-to-date-styling,Pikolinos BAYONA W8T women's Low Ankle Boots in Brown,Alexander Mcqueen Loafers - Women Alexander Mcqueen Loafers online on Canada - 11235538PL,Calpierre Loafers - Women Calpierre Loafers online on Canada - 11552068GD,Reebok x Journal Standard Workout Plus Grey,Bugatti Slip-On Shoes by Bugatti:Mr/Ms: Modern And Elegant In Fashion,Les Copains Loafers - Women Les Copains Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11536779IV,Heine Multi-Coloured Wedged Peep Toe Shoes By Heine/Mr/Ms/Easy,Manila Grace Loafers - Women Manila Grace Loafers online on Australia - 11308305FT,Tine's Embellished Platform Pumps by Tine'sEmporio Armani Loafers - Women Emporio Armani Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11530554WK,Marsèll Mules - Women Marsèll Mules online on Canada - 11551597MF,Bibi Lou Loafers - Women Bibi Lou Loafers online on Canada - 11265608HQ,Red(V) Mules - Women Red(V) Mules online on Canada - 11401220XN,Tabitha Simmons Loafers - Women Tabitha Simmons Loafers online on Australia - 11244645GHOvye' By Cristina Lucchi Mules - Women Ovye' By Cristina Lucchi Mules online on Australia - 11562895CKDkode 'Bahal' Ankle Boots by DKODE-Mr/Ms- Promotions,Roberto Festa Loafers - Women Roberto Festa Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11526049HE,Paprika Loafers - Women Paprika Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11502851WT,

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 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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