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Published 19 April 2016 | Authored by: Ryan Lake

Elena Iachi Loafers - Women Elena Iachi Loafers online on Canada - 11549087HH, 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”). Nike Wmns Huarache Run 634835 women's Shoes (Trainers) in White,J.Born Loafers - Women J.Born Loafers online on Australia - 11525206DGSaint Laurent Mules - Women Saint Laurent Mules online on Australia - 11455257XGPUMA Mens Black Tsugi Jun Trainers,Yonex Power Cushion 47 Mens Badminton Shoes - 9 UK,Isabel Marant Étoile Loafers - Women Isabel Marant Étoile Loafers online on United Kingdom - 44934177BWSuperga Men's 2386 Suede FGL Trainers - Grey AshNike Black Juvenate Sneakers Size US 6.5 Regular (M, B),See By Chloé Women's Leather Mules - White,Dockers by Gerli IRETOK men's Mid Boots in BrownNike Air Force 1 Mid '07 - Zwart,GAA Store On Cloudflyer Running Shoes - Womens - Storm/White,Curiosité Loafers - Women Curiosité Loafers online on Australia - 11530797KB,Kendall + Kylie Women's Goldie Suede Heeled Sandals - Sand/ClearSELECTED Suede - Espadrilles Women Black (38)Rick Owens x Hood Rubber Dirt Grafton Boot Brown-Men's/Women's- Special Offers at the End of the YearBIANCO Men's Classic Chelsea Ankle Boots Men Black (46), adidas Predator 183 AG men's Football Boots in multicolour,Tamaris Chelsea Wellington Boots by Tamaris/Gentleman/Lady/wide range,Gabor 05.100-97 Black Black, Shoes, Flats, Ballerina Shoes, Black, Female, 39,Chiara Ferragni Loafers - Women Chiara Ferragni Loafers online on Canada - 11548618UK,Zanfrini Cantù Loafers - Women Zanfrini Cantù Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11518921WGLook Again Kitten Heels by Heine:Man/Woman: Do not worry when shopping,Nike Black Air Force 1 Low Dunk Lv8 Vt Stars Sneakers Size US 10.5 Regular (M, B),Sigerson Morrison Mules - Women Sigerson Morrison Mules online on Canada - 11564816KT,JACK & JONES Leather Boots Men Black (43),Pretty Ballerinas Mules - Women Pretty Ballerinas Mules online on Canada - 11544663CXFitFlop Womens Black F-Sporty Mirror-Toe Trainers,Sigerson Morrison Smsheldon - Mules - Women Sigerson Morrison Mules online on Australia - 11212858DG,BIANCO Pointed Toe Pumps Women Brown (40):Gentleman/Lady:Year End Bargain Sale,

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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