As science progresses we are learning more and more about the short term and long term effects of concussions. The media has also circulated many stories on the subject in relation to leagues such as the NHL and NFL which has helped increase awareness on concussion management. Will Smith even starred in the 2015 film Concussion about an NFL player, and much has been reported about a group of former NHL players involved in a class action lawsuit against the league.
We’re also all familiar with NHL players who had to retire early due to concussions – Eric Lindros, Keith Primeau, and of course Steve Moore. There’s also the current players who are struggling to come back such as Clarke MacArthur who spent months dealing with symptoms like crippling headaches and the inability to focus or stay active. Sidney Crosby also has a history of concussions which has kept him out of the lineup for a number of games over the years.
While the media has picked up many stories on this in professional sports, what about in our recreational sporting lives? Concussions don’t just occur at the professional level, and it’s important for us at CARHA Hockey to ensure that we are providing our members with the benefits that matter to them. This is why we felt it was very important to introduce a concussion benefit into our membership program.
The Neuropsychology Benefit was added to our policy in the 2015-2016 season so players can receive help with the management and rehabilitation of a concussion. Given all that we know about the after effects of a concussion and everything we are still discovering we felt it was crucial that concussion resources are available to all of our members!
Contact us for more information on the Neuropsychology Benefit.