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Former NHL enforcer Wade Belak found dead in Toronto
09-01-2011, 03:03 PM #1
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ASHVILLE, Tenn. — Former Predator Wade Belak, an enforcer who had played with five NHL teams before retiring in March, was found dead Wednesday in Toronto. He was 35.

Belak is the third NHL enforcer found dead since May.

The Predators learned of Belak’s death from NHL security and the team issued a statement saying the organization was shocked and sadden by his sudden and untimely death.

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09-01-2011, 03:23 PM #2
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I wonder how many concussions he suffered while playing.


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09-01-2011, 07:23 PM #3
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(09-01-2011, 03:23 PM)Kreeper Wrote:  I wonder how many concussions he suffered while playing.


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one to many thing is the guy wanted to play hockey not just fight problem is some of these players get type castes as fighters when all they really want to do is play the game like everyone else john kordic another ex leaf who died young comes to mind R I P Wade and Johncheers.gif

09-01-2011, 11:09 PM #4
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A lot of research is being conducted regarding the long term effects of multiple concussions. Many older athletes are suffering from multiple serious side effects that are being linked to those concussions. (The NFL is still trying to deny the link.) Some of the issues are schizophrenia, dementia, severe depression with suicidal tendencies, Alzheimer's type symptoms, etc. That wrestler (Chris Benoit) that killed his wife and son and then hung himself was reportedly suffering these symptoms even at his young age. He was just a month over 40 and had the brain of an 80+ yo man. Of course the MSM tried to lay the blame on steroids. That is much more exciting and doesn't step on the toes of the NFL.

Another former wrestler, Chris Nowinski had to retire after just a few year due to repeated head trauma suffered while playing football for Harvard. After a couple of bumps in the WWE, he was suffering forom so many issues that he was forced to retire. He has since written a book concerning the public health crisis stemming from the repeated head blows in sports. He has also founded the Sports Legacy Institute which has partnered with the Boston University School of Medicine to study the brains of both living and deceased athletes. They are studying the condition Chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

They are finding that this condition is found in athletes of all contact sports and is stemming directly from concussive and non-concussive blows to the head.

Remember Bob Probert? After noticing significan mental declines in his 40s he decided to leave his brain for the study of CTE. He was found to have been suffering from the condition and was instrumental in Chris Nowinski's success in getting NHL players to donate their brains.

The SLI is not trying to get sports banned. They are trying to bring awareness or the serious problem that exists in sports as well as change to policies and gear that will help prevent these issues in the future.

My fingers are tired.

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09-02-2011, 04:20 PM #5
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09-02-2011, 04:32 PM #6
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This has become a very serious issue. Serious enough that Christopher Nowinski, who I mentioned above, was named by Hockey News as one of the 100 most powerful people in hockey on their 2011 Top 40 under 40.

I love sports, but something must be done.

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