An opinion about violence in hockey

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PHOTO – DAVEBLOG / CC, FLICKR

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun
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Some people want to reduce the violence in hockey. Violence is not just fighting. Violence includes brutal hits, cheap shots, hits to the head, and fighting.

Polls show that a large majority of Canadians want to ban fighting from hockey.

Brain injuries caused by violence are a major health concern. These brain injuries are caused by concussions. Hits to the head with a shoulder or elbow cause most concussions.

A hit to the head in a fight can cause a concussion. PHOTO – CLYDEORAMA / CC, FLICKR

A hit to the head in a fight can cause a concussion.
PHOTO – CLYDEORAMA / CC, FLICKR

In Canada, minor hockey accounts for 44 percent of all Canadian team sports-related brain injuries among young athletes.

Why are the new rules in hockey not helping?
The rules are weak. They are not enforced.

Some people think that fighting makes hockey a better game. Fighting is encouraged.

One Canadian study showed that the more a team fights, the worse it performs in league standings.

What changes do we need?
We need three changes:

  1. report and manage concussions
  2. ban fighting in any publicly-funded facility / rink
  3. enforce strict penalties for headshots, fighting and other dangerous play

What is a concussion?
A hit to the head can cause a concussion. Symptoms of a concussion include confusion, vomiting, headaches, nausea, depression, disturbed sleep, moodiness, and memory loss. These symptoms can last for many years.

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