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Published 19 April 2016 | Authored by: Ryan Lake

Skechers Kids Shuffles Patch Party Trainers by Skechers, 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”). adidas Ace 161 Fgag M Leather men's Football Boots in Purple,Scholl Mules - Women Scholl Mules online on Australia - 11565119SC,Tamaris Plus Size Tamaris Leather Ballerinas in Blue size 9,Nina Ricci Mules - Women Nina Ricci Mules online on Australia - 11517968WV,Nr Rapisardi Loafers - Women Nr Rapisardi Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11504821UE,Alberto Guardiani Loafers - Women Alberto Guardiani Loafers online on Canada - 11563800JU,Mustang Long Ankle Boots By MustangMan's/Woman's-Nike Air Max 90 Essential - Blauw-Clearance Sale,L' Autre Chose Loafers - Women L' Autre Chose Loafers online on Australia - 11279373KE,Saint-Honoré Paris Souliers Loafers - Women Saint-Honoré Paris Souliers Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11168824PS,Fendi Loafers - Women Fendi Loafers online on Australia - 44998880GBNike Turquoise Women's Air Zoom Structure 20 Running Sneakers Size US 11 Regular (M, B),Hush Puppies 'Dalmatian' Buckle-Up Sandals by Hush Puppies-Man/Woman-Star New,Trussardi Jeans Loafers - Women Trussardi Jeans Loafers online on Canada - 11533447VBJ.W.Anderson Mules - Women J.W.Anderson Mules online on Canada - 11295548WPAdidas Performance Kanadia 7 TR Goretex M Outdoor Shoes by adidas PerformanceWhats up Sports | Global Market: NIKE WMNS AIR MAX 97 Kie Ney AMAX 97 lady's men's sneakers 921,733-700 gold [load planned Shinnyu load in reservation product 8/18 containing]Mizuno Wave Hayate 4 Ladies Running Shoes - 6.5 UK,Cole Haan Platinum Nike Air Air Laney Snakeskin Work Heels Pumps Size US 8JACK & JONES Casual Sneakers Men Black (44)-Man's/Woman's-Original,Cole Haan White Woven Nike Air Peep Toe Sneaker Wedges Size US 10 Regular (M, B)Think! 'Chilli' Slip on Pumps by Think!,Adidas Originals Continental 80 Trainer,Juli Pascal Paris Loafers - Women Juli Pascal Paris Loafers online on Canada - 11556093OF,Axel Arigato Vintage Sole Tennis Sneaker Pink:Man/Woman:Modern Techniques,Dolce & Gabbana Mules - Women Dolce & Gabbana Mules online on Australia - 11409709ML,Nike Blac 5.0 Men Sneakers Sneakers Size US 10.5 Regular (M, B)Hotter 'Mae' EE Fit Ladies Casual Sandals by Hotter,Tamaris Faux Suede High Heel Court Shoes By Tamaris-Gentlemen/Ladies-OnlineF.Lli Bruglia Loafers - Women F.Lli Bruglia Loafers online on Canada - 11520222PD

Concussion background

F.Lli Bruglia Loafers - Women F.Lli Bruglia Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11520059UL, 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

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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