Adapted from The Vancouver Sun
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.
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:
- report and manage concussions
- ban fighting in any publicly-funded facility / rink
- 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.