January 16, 2012

In Debate About Fighting in Hockey, N.H.L.’s Experts Say More Research Is Needed


The determination that the hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard had a degenerative brain disease linked to repeated hits to the head when he died in May at 28 has fueled a debate among medical experts over whether the sport should ban fighting… Dr. Michael J. Stuart, an orthopedic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and the chief medical officer for USA Hockey, acknowledged the range of opinions among medical experts. “These are opinions, very educated opinions and very experienced people providing their opinions,” said Stuart, who was a chairman of last year’s Ice Hockey Summit: Action on Concussion at the Mayo Clinic.

NY Times, by Jeff Klein, 12/2011

Tags: Derek Boogaard, Dr. Michael J. Stuart, Sports Medicine

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