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Another Concussion report released

February 24, 2009

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Source: http://www.29sports.com/29/london/home.html; http://sports.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090210.wsptconcussions9/GSStory/GlobeSportsHockey/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20090210.wsptconcussions9

Another day, another report into concussions in sport! This time the recommendations come from a Panel of experts from the London Hockey Concussion Summit in Ontario. The statement issued by the Summit chair, Dr. Paul Echlin, recommends that fighting (the major cause of high / head hits) should be eliminated in order to remove the incidence of concussions. It is important to note however that this statement was not unanimous, but rather was intended to be a talking point providing recommendations for future discussion.

The panel also advised that:

  • a central ‘concussion certification program’ (Proposed name: Hockey Concussion Initiative) be set up in which trainers, coaches and officials would gain knowledge aimed at recognizing and treating concussion. While this agency would initially be focused on Hockey injuries, ultimately the Panel hope that it could serve as a model for all sports in which head injuries occur such as football, soccer, rugby, skiing, skateboarding and cycling.
  • an NHL/Ontario Hockey League role model program be adopted
  • Studies should be launched leading to a data collection system
  • Players should undergo pre-season screening
  • A survey should be conducted of protective equipment.
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Albrecht recovers

February 20, 2009


Source: http://sports.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090126.wsptskier0126/GSStory/GlobeSportsOther/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20090126.wsptskier0126 ; http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2009/02/13/albrecht-recovery.html

On January 22nd, reigning world champion Swiss skier, Daniel Albrecht, lost control and crashed while skiing down the notoriously difficult Streif course in Austria while preparing for a competition. Albrecht suffered brain and lung injuries and had to be treated by medics at the site for 20minutes before being taken to a nearby hospital. There he was put into an induced coma in order to give his body time to recover.

Three weeks later and doctors have now suggested that Albrecht has not suffered any permanent damage and had full movement in all of his limbs. Albrecht has now returned to his home in Switzerland to complete his recovery.

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Skiing articles

January 19, 2009



In the New Law Journal, 12 December 2008, Elizabeth Wale (a barrister at 2 Temple Gardens) has written a case commentary entitled ‘Update from the Courts’ on the recent ski instructor case ‘Anderson v. Lyotier & Portejoie’. The article is one and a half pages and reports the facts involved in the QBD Decision.

In the rival Solicitors Journal, 13 January 2009, Michael Imperato (a partner specialising in ­personal injury at Russell Jones and Walker) has also written a one page case commentary on Anderson entitled ‘Skiing trips…..skiing slips’  (http://www.solicitorsjournal.com/story.asp?sectioncode=3&storycode=13470&c=3&eclipse_action=getsession&eclipse_action=getsession)

For what its worth, I think the Imperato article is the better of the two as it contains more opinion and interpretation of the facts. The verdict itself is quite interesting as it talks about the collaborative nature of the coaching process and draws a clear distinction between adult and child liability.

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