NHL head shots
Fraser Saunders, Queen’s expert in sports concussions is available to talk about the decision of NHL general managers to crack down next season on hits to the heads.
Dr. Saunders is a neurosurgeon who specializes in sports concussions and is a former team physician with the Queen’s University hockey team.
“Any head hit is bad for the game of hockey. There are short-term and long-term medical consequences of head injuries that cannot be treated – only prevented,” says Dr. Saunders, Fraser, professor in Queen’s School of Medicine. “Hockey is a game of speed, skill and contact and this shouldn’t be changed. Head hits, however, should not be part of the game and consequences much more severe than minor and major penalties should be called. It is the hitter who has the choice to hit or not hit. It is not the fault of the injured player who may have had their head down.”
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