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Scatchard severely affected by concussion symptoms

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08:30 AM ET 08.23 | While Sidney Crosby headlines dominate the concussion-related news these days, a brain injury claimed another career this week. Hockey journeyman Dave Scatchard can't push his three young kids on the swing because of post-concussion symptoms. He can't remember anything from his final hockey game in April, when he was knocked unconscious for five minutes by a late hit while playing for the AHL's Peoria Rivermen and woke up frightened in an ambulance because he didn't know where he was. ... "Even today I have trouble pushing my kids on a swing set," said Scatchard from his home in Phoenix. "Just the motion makes me really nauseous. Wrestling around with them on the ground, I can only do it for a minute or two and then I just feel sick."

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August 23, 2011  08:35 AM ET

Not the first won't be the last...Savard?

August 23, 2011  08:43 AM ET
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Not the first won't be the last...Savard?

The names rhyme so they have that in common too.

Looks like this guy has it real bad though. Getting nauseous just pushing his kids on the swing set? Hope he gets better eventually.

August 23, 2011  09:22 AM ET

Sad. I have been reading about him lately too. Concussions didn't seem to be SUCH an issue when guys DID NOT wear helmets, etc. Now, they are. How weird, huh?

August 23, 2011  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Sad. I have been reading about him lately too. Concussions didn't seem to be SUCH an issue when guys DID NOT wear helmets, etc. Now, they are. How weird, huh?

Makes you wonder. Some people would blame it on the elbow pads or the sholder pads but I think its just that players are bigger and faster today.

August 23, 2011  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Makes you wonder. Some people would blame it on the elbow pads or the sholder pads but I think its just that players are bigger and faster today.

I think both of those items have some blame for what is beginning to sound like an epidemic. Hope he's OK soon. I do think the entire culture of head shots and high hits is going to have to be changed. Starting with the kids. Gonna take years but it's got to start.

August 23, 2011  09:57 AM ET

It's both the tougher lighter equipment and the speed and size of the players. In his day Larry Robinson was considered a freak size...nowadays each team seems to have a 6'5" + defenseman.
Like Cherry has shown on Coach's Corner several times old time shoulder pads had little padding and a small leather cap on the tip. Modern equipment is all hard plastics and synthetic padding...much harder and lighter adding to the total force of the contact.

August 23, 2011  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Sad. I have been reading about him lately too. Concussions didn't seem to be SUCH an issue when guys DID NOT wear helmets, etc. Now, they are. How weird, huh?

Evidently half of concussions are not even due to head impact. The rapid swing of the head on the neck causes just as many.(Sid knows this now the hard way) . I wonder if the situation will evolve to someday players have helmets somehow anchored to the shoulder pads to limit movement.You see a version of it in football now.

August 23, 2011  10:18 AM ET

A lot of good points already on this thread. It is a damn shame when someone's life is so affected by what went on on the ice.

August 23, 2011  10:54 AM ET
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Evidently half of concussions are not even due to head impact. The rapid swing of the head on the neck causes just as many.(Sid knows this now the hard way) . I wonder if the situation will evolve to someday players have helmets somehow anchored to the shoulder pads to limit movement.You see a version of it in football now.

The football helmet tie downs are similar to the NASCAR/F1 tie downs....aimed at stopping sudden rotational injuries to the C1/C2 vertabrae...either back to front or side to side. It's what killed Dale Earnhart.

August 23, 2011  11:33 AM ET

...a HANS device for Hockey? The players will never go for it. They can't even be bothered to tighten the chinstrap on the existing helmets; nevermind "suffering" the ultimate indignity to their collective manhood.

Heck, the NHLPA (losing man-days, players in their primes and untold income) can't be bothered to acknowledge where their bread is buttered and how best to address this grave issue.

It'll take someone dying on the ice, and a whole bunch of finger-pointing and wrongful-death litigation, before anything substantitive is done.

August 23, 2011  11:45 AM ET
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................It'll take someone dying on the ice, and a whole bunch of finger-pointing and wrongful-death litigation, before anything substantitive is done.

I really pray that you are wrong, but I also fear that you're probably right.

August 23, 2011  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It's both the tougher lighter equipment and the speed and size of the players. In his day Larry Robinson was considered a freak size...nowadays each team seems to have a 6'5" + defenseman.Like Cherry has shown on Coach's Corner several times old time shoulder pads had little padding and a small leather cap on the tip. Modern equipment is all hard plastics and synthetic padding...much harder and lighter adding to the total force of the contact.

CHERRY KNOWS HIS STUFF...suits aside.
I once heard him predict that if there was a Crosby article on Fannation that there would be an invasion of Penguin fans storming all the threads on any given day...even one with only a dozen comments.
Oh...btw good morning BF, LGP and of course...DWI. :-)

August 23, 2011  12:04 PM ET
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CHERRY KNOWS HIS STUFF...suits aside.I once heard him predict that if there was a Crosby article on Fannation that there would be an invasion of Penguin fans storming all the threads on any given day...even one with only a dozen comments.Oh...btw good morning BF, LGP and of course...DWI. :-)

Stir it UP!

August 23, 2011  12:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Stir it UP!

:-) Moi? Say not so.

August 23, 2011  12:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

:-) Moi? Say not so.

That's libelous! You? Stirring it up? Never. I assume you'll be announcing the prayer meeting next?

August 23, 2011  01:16 PM ET

"T&R readers severly affected by concussion news"

August 23, 2011  01:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Makes you wonder. Some people would blame it on the elbow pads or the sholder pads but I think its just that players are bigger and faster today.

One thing they can do to help protect players is to get rid of the trapezoid. The fact is that the goalie protects his D-men when he is allowed to play the puck

August 23, 2011  01:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

:-) Moi? Say not so.

You've got the biggest spoon here :)

August 23, 2011  03:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

You've got the biggest spoon here :)

He doesn't use a spoon Phantom. It's a damn oar.

 
August 23, 2011  08:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

You've got the biggest spoon here :)

Are we still talking about a stirring implement or has the discussion gone in a completely different direction?

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