Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 11/2/11
Over the last decade, concussion diagnosis and prevention has been a matter of extreme importance and consistent controversy for the NHL. Rules, protocols and equipment have changed because of those concerns. The deaths of player, current and former, have been given a depressing new context thanks to research into brain injuries. That research has been spearheaded by the Sports Legacy Institute, founded  in 2007 by former WWF wrestler Christopher Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu, which partners with Boston University on the study of athletes' brains. The focus has been on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a neurodegenerative disease that's been detected posthumously in the brains of former NHL players Reggie Fleming, Bob Probert and Rick Martin. [Read Now: Nick Cotsonika on the NHL concussion debate.] The documented effects of CTE are harrowing: impulse control problems, aggression, depression, and, eventually, progressive dementia. They've been well-publicized; but have they b...
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