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Should youth hockey rules change to prevent concussions?

Much of the conversation concerning kids and concussions has so far focused on football. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics says the number of dangerous injuries in youth ice hockey is on the rise, and the group is offering new recommendations that would change the way the sport is played.

According to USA Hockey, the governing body for youth hockey in the United States, more that 350,000 boys and girls lace up the skates in the U.S.  And for boys ages 13 and older, checking is a big part of the game.  

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More former NHL players sue over concussions

Another group of former NHL players has joined the fight for compensation for head injuries they say they incurred while playing, while at the same time targeting the violence of the game that they believe brought about those injuries.

Retired players Dave Christian, Reed Larson and William Bennett filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on Tuesday alleging that the league has promoted fighting and downplayed the risk of head injuries that come from it.

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Sports Leagues, Athletes Talk Concussions with DC Lawmakers

The NFL joined representatives from the NHL and medical doctors to let Congress know how head injuries are impacting American athletes from junior programs to the pros, saying they are devising safer helmets to guard against the chances of players suffering concussions.

Jeffery Miller, Senior Vice President for Player Health and Safety Policy at the National Football League, testified in Washington that while “football has earned a vital place in the  rhythm of American life,” helmets for players have not caught up to what is necessary to protect players.

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The NHL faces a concussion lawsuit: whats next?

For the National Hockey League, Tuesday will either be the first day of a serious regeneration process, or the first day of truly entrenched denial.

Recently, 10 former players launched a class action lawsuit against the league claiming it didn’t do enough to protect them from concussions. The lawsuit alleges the NHL is guilty of “historically ignoring the true risks of concussive events, sub-concussive events and/or brain injuries suffered by NHL hockey players” and of “refusing to address the issue of brain injuries despite a growing body of medical opinion establishing such a linkage and their own study of the issue.” And, apparently, “refusing” to change its rules to effectively protect players.

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NFL, NHL concussion cases are not the same

Three months after the NFL agreed on a $765 million settlement with thousands of ex-players for concussion-related health problems, a group of their NHL peers is going to court, too.

Hockey has proven to be an equally dangerous sport as football, but that doesn’t mean the link between collisions on the ice and post-career trouble will lead to a similar outcome. The legal and cultural surroundings of the NFL and NHL concussion lawsuits are more distinct than alike.

Start with the nature of the players themselves.

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