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Bleeding All Blue:
There is a constant debate amongst some surrounding the game
of hockey about the need for and viability of fighting within the sport. The detractors argue that most who predominantly
fight would not otherwise be in the league, while the supporters talk about how
it has always been a part of the sport and that fighting can have a purpose
within a game. That debate might be
changing more and more with the results of testing on Derek Boogaard’s
brain. Boogaard, who died this past May,
was a player who made his living in hockey as a fighter, enforcer and tough
Today in Part III of “Punched
” John Branch at the New York Times reports that the way Boogaard made
his living in hockey could have significantly contributed to the condition his
brain was in when he died.
Boogaard had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, commonly
known as C.T.E., a close relative of Alzheimer’s disease. It is believed to be
caused by repeated blows to the head. It can be diagnosed only posthumously,
but scientists say it shows itself in symptoms like memory loss, impulsiveness,
mood swings, even addiction.
There is no way to know if Boogaard's addiction issues and change in mood that ultimately played a factor in his untimely passing were a result of this disease directly, but it does add more dimensions to the discussion. Obviously Boogaard is not the first brain of a professional athlete to
show this disorder manifesting itself, but he was by far the youngest and that
is the most startling development of the study on his brain.
The scientists on the far end of the conference call told
the Boogaard family that they were shocked to see so much damage in someone so
young. It appeared to be spreading through his brain. Had
Derek Boogaard lived, they said, his condition likely would have worsened into
Does that change the equilibrium on the role of fighting in
the NHL? While one result should not be
the defining opinion it is tough to argue with the comments from Dr.
Robert Cantu of Boston University
"However, based on the small sample of enforcers we
have studied, it is possible that frequently engaging in fist fights as a
hockey player may put one at increased risk for this degenerative brain
disease," said Dr. Robert Cantu, co-director of the Boston University
Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE).
Regardless of these results fighting still has a place in
the sport of hockey, but maybe the role of fighter/enforcer needs to be done
away with for the well-being of people who are willing to do whatever it takes
to help their team, even if their brains suffer for it. The Boogaard family donated Derek's brain to science for the rest of us to better learn how what he did impacts the chemistry of the human brain, so let us take the information and learn from it.
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For those who missed it, New York Times writer John Branch wrote an exceptional three-part series chronicling the life and death of Derek Boogaard. The story covers everything from his childhood hockey experience, to life as an enforcer in the pros, to very vivid details about his untimely death. It is a very revealing piece and at times very sad, but it is something that should...
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Derek Boogaard fought his way to center ice as one of the N.H.L.’s most feared fighters. But the role exposed him to repeated head traumas.
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Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain ailment related to Alzheimer's disease that is caused by repeated blows to the head, the New York Times reported.
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