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Friday, March 04, 2011

Reports from the Concussion Front: Ice Hockey

Tough guys then aren't so tough now.

Read this piece from the New York Times about former enforcer Marty McSorley, who, among other things, had Wayne Gretzy's back in the glory days in Edmonton.

One of the most compelling points in the article is that the cognitive problems many of these players have results from not fighting, but the average hitting that goes on in the NHL.

Glory in your twenties and thirties, sure, but would you trade that for serious problems after your career?

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