NPR Story
4:05 pm
Sat October 19, 2013

NHL Concussions Cast Spotlight On Head Injuries And Hockey

Originally published on Sat October 19, 2013 5:04 pm

While the NFL has been under a microscope for its handling of head injuries, professional hockey also has been dealing with high-profile concussions. Perhaps the league's best player, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, has missed large stretches of play after concussions. And this year, the season's first eight days left three players sidelined with concussions. The Mayo Clinic's Aynsley Smith discusses head injuries and hockey, including the role that fist fighting plays in the professional ranks.