Although it garners less media attention and scientific inquisition, hockey is well known to be one of the most dangerous sports. Concussions, one of the most prominent injuries in the sport, have caught the attention of many scientists and players, mainly stemming from findings based around Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a disease that affects the patient’s behavior and moods, which occurs after repeated head trauma. Found traditionally in football players, more discovery has allowed scientists to see its effects in hockey players as well. A sport that not only encourages hitting, but also allows for fist fights at many levels, makes for many instances where concussions can be obtained, even at lower levels of the sport. The sheer speed at which the sport is played, makes for many hard collision, even if by accident. Furthermore, studies have shown that CTE may not be the only result from these concussions, and that there are more consequences, albeit less significant, to concussions that may be even more common in players. Although a slightly less known phenomenon, head trauma induced by hockey is a serious consequence to the game, and many of the effects are still unknown.
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