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Championing Brain Injury Awareness

Five years ago, a young hockey player at the top of his game sustained a couple of heavy blows to his head. The resulting concussion was devastating – sidelining his career and putting his health in serious jeopardy. With June being Brain Injury Awareness Month across Canada, we immediately think of this man’s accomplishments and…
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Time For a Hockey Helmet Makeover?

Football has adopted a new standardized system for rating a helmet’s effectiveness in protecting against concussions. It has been credited with helping parents and players make better decisions about what helmets are best at reducing concussion risks. The new standard is a five-point rating scale called the STAR system. It was developed by scientists and…
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Blood Tests the Future of Concussion Diagnosis

A simple blood test may be all it takes to diagnose a concussion, according to new research out of Sweden. The study identified total tau protein (T-tau) as the unique biomarker able to confirm concussion diagnosis and predict the severity and duration of symptoms. T-tau is typically found only in cerebral spinal fluid. But a…
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First Concussion Alters “Microstructure” of Brain in Young Athletes

Research led by Canadian concussion specialist Dr. Paul Echlin proves that all it takes is one concussion to alter the brains of young athletes. Working in collaboration with neuroscientists around the world, Echlin analyzed the brains of 45 male and female hockey players aged 19-26. MRI imaging revealed microscopic changes that could be linked to…
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Gino Odjick’s Fight with Mental Illness

It’s been 12 years since Canucks fan favourite Gino Odjick played in the NHL. He was a left-winger known for fighting, not goal scoring (he scored just 64 goals in his 12 NHL seasons). Odjick spent 2567 minutes in the penalty box, putting him in the 17th spot for career penalty minutes. Today, Odjick's fight is with…
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The MIPS Helmet Protects Against Concussions

Concussions occur when the brain rotates within the skull after an impact. The movement causes axons in the brain to tear or stretch, leading to symptoms associated with brain injury. Helmets that meet today’s standards do not protect against the “rotational acceleration” of the brain that can cause a concussion. It’s time for something better.…
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Has the NHL done enough to protect the brains of former players?

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the NHL alleging that the league has not done enough to protect players from concussions. The lawsuit was filed last week in Washington and now includes over 200 former players. The issue of concealment is at the centre of the lawsuit. As one excerpt reads: "The NHL's active…
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