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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”). Kdopa LUANDA men's Mid Boots in Brown,Puma x Big Sean Clyde Neutrals-Men's/Women's- Good goods appreciation,Francesca Conoci Loafers - Women Francesca Conoci Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11186421NC,Vans Authentic MULTI MARVEL F,Heelys Bolt girls's Roller shoes in GreyJack & jones Casual Sneakers (41)/Gentlemen/Ladies/ Unusual,Hudson London Women's Karyn Suede Heeled Ankle Boots - Black - UK 8 - Black,Laura vita 'Brive' Toe-Post Sandals by Laura CallagHan Callaghan 25000 Nora-H Women´s Ballerinas women's Shoes (Pumps / Ballerinas) in WhiteReebok Classic Club C 85 Shine Trainers by ReebokJeannot Loafers - Women Jeannot Loafers online on Canada - 11548101FDPUMA White Basket Classic Leather Trainers-Gentleman/Lady-Quality Assurance,Giuseppe Zanotti Loafers - Women Giuseppe Zanotti Loafers online on Australia - 11516864CI,Palladium Black Pampa Originale Ox Shoes,Man/Woman:Teva Freewheel Washed Canvas:Outstanding CharacteristicsFIVE TEN FREERIDER EPS WINTER MOUNTAIN BIKE SHOE [IVY],Brawn's Loafers - Women Brawn's Loafers online on Canada - 11305491DD,Janet & Janet Loafers - Women Janet & Janet Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11297312OJFreemans Disc Wedge Toe Post Mules,Man/Woman:Teva Montara III Event:high quality,Eliha Di Jewel Embellished Slip On Trainer,Wood Wood Alex Sneaker Black,FIVE TEN KESTREL CLIPLESS MOUNTAIN BIKE SHOE [TEAM BLACK],Eliana Bucci Loafers - Women Eliana Bucci Loafers online on Australia - 11532256LH,Chiara Ferragni Loafers - Women Chiara Ferragni Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11546621KH,Shoes For Crews (Europe) Pearl - 4,Kallistè Loafers - Women Kallistè Loafers online on United Kingdom - 11193411XN,

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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