[Hockey, 脳震とう] 集団訴訟、自殺した4名の元ジュニア選手、Sidは早期引退すべきか、ほか

NHLがこの50年間、効果的な脳震とう対策をとってこなかったのは、NHL選手会が邪魔したせい?

League points finger at union in NHL concussion case

By Rick Westhead / TSN | Apr 21, 2017
http://www.tsn.ca/league-points-finger-at-union-in-nhl-concussion-case-1.739833

The National Hockey League says the NHL Players’ Association has repeatedly interfered with its attempts to introduce rules over the past 50 years to limit staged fighting, better safeguard players and bolster penalties for dangerous head hits.

Connolly wrote, “…hockey players today continue to compete fiercely for the chance to play in the NHL despite significant publicity – including in feature films and press coverage of this very litigation – regarding the alleged risks of head hits. Accordingly, the notion that no proposed class member would have played in the NHL if he received more information about those risks is highly implausible.”

一口に選手会といっても、#99、#66、#87が代表するエリート選手もいれば、自分や他人の健康を犠牲にすることでかろうじてリーグにしがみついてきた選手も多いわけで、NHLはそのどちらも都合のいいように利用してきましたよね~。


自殺した30歳以下の元ジュニア選手4名の脳を病理解剖、全員がCTEと診断された。22歳で亡くなったDrew Mulliganさんはいわゆるenforcer、ホッケーの「チェック」「乱闘」が原因で脳震とうを発症したとお姉さんが語っている。

Four Jr. Hockey Players Who Committed Suicide Diagnosed with CTE

By Rick Westhead | April 27, 2017
http://www.tsn.ca/four-junior-hockey-players-diagnosed-with-cte-researcher-says-1.730445

Tyler Maland, a spokesman for the Concussion Legacy Foundation, said more than 1,700 people have pledged to donate their brains to B.U. for study of CTE, a brain-withering disease linked to repeated concussions.

Of those 1,700, five are former NHL players. No current NHL player has pledged his brain. By comparison, three active NFL players and more than 100 former NFL players have pledged their brains to science, Maland said.

“…To continue to play a sport like hockey or football, you have to turn a blind eye to this,” said Lisa McHale, the foundation’s director of family relations. “Willful ignorance is an easier tack to take than being concerned about CTE when you’re still making your living as a professional athlete.”

アイス・ホッケーやアメフトのようなスポーツを続けるには、脳震とう問題に目をつぶり、自分には悪いことが起こらないようにと願いながら無知を決め込むしかない。

NFLでは現役3名を含む100名以上の選手が死後の脳の病理解剖に同意しているが、NHLでは元選手3名のみ…。


LatendresseさんはNHLを引退して6年、不安症、ストレス、頭痛、疲労、睡眠障害など脳震とうの後遺症に苦しんでいるとラジオで語った。彼とSidは同い年(ジュニア・リーグのドラフト全体1位と2位)。Sidもプロ入りして以来、少なくとも4度の脳震とうを経験している。世界最高のホッケー選手は、将来のQOLを考えて早期引退すべきか? r/hockeyのファンが話し合っています。

Guillaume Latendresse’s life, 4 years after retiring due to concussions

https://www.reddit.com/r/hockey/comments/693awb/guillaume_latendresses_life_4_years_after/

Guillaume Latendresse was interviewed this morning on the 98.5 radio in Montreal. While the subject of the interview was Crosby’s injury, Latendresse instead started talking about his personal injuries and the effects they have on his life.

  • Had 6 concussions in his last 3 seasons
  • Still has anxiety, stress, headaches, fatigue, can’t function with less than 8 hours of sleep
  • […]

SidやTangerは将来の健康/家族のためにホッケーから足を洗うべきか、というのは彼らが脳震とうを起こすたびにファンのあいだで繰り返されてきた議論です。究極的には本人と医師のあいだで話し合われるべきこと。ただファンとしても不安を覚えずにはいられません。 😥


Should Sidney Crosby consider retiring?

http://www.therecord.com/sports-story/7275275-should-sidney-crosby-consider-retiring-/

The time may be approaching, doctors suggested Wednesday, for Crosby to take a hard look at not when — but if — he should return to the game.

“When there have been multiple concussions, the chance of having persisting symptoms goes up terrifically,” said Dr. Charles Tator, the director of the Canadian Concussion Centre at Toronto Western Hospital. “So we’re especially careful about helping people avoid further concussions.

2011年の復帰が遅れたのは、実は首の負傷が原因だという推測も。そうだといいなあ…(これをwillful ignoranceというのか?)


最後に、脳震とうに関わる嬉しいニュース。ホッケーどころではなく、QOLや生命すら心配されていたふたりの選手についての続報。

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