Concussions, by nature, are a frightening thing. It is a blow delivered with enough force to cause a persons brain to bang around the inside of their skull leaving them if not unconscious with a slew of symptoms that range from dizziness to nausea and vomiting. Symptoms can last for days, sometimes weeks, and almost always show up in other ways, such as poor balance and slurred speech But after attending the St. Johns Minor Hockey Associations Concussion Education and Awareness Seminar earlier this week, the real fear is the unknown capacity for long term damage. The fact is, there is no scientific research to show how much cummulative damage occurs from multiple concussions because, despite all our medical advances, there is no clear pathology on concussion symptoms. Dr. Charles Tator, a Toronto-based neurologist who has long advocated for a safer game free of head injuries, even suggested that late life symptoms, based on whats seen in other head injury sufferers, could include dementia, depression, and even suicidal or homicidal tendencies. Twenty years from now, chances are well have a better understanding of as more and more former players who suffered multiple concussions, like Keith Primeau, have said theyll donate their brains to science for further study. * * * * * Still on the subject of head injuries, while speaking to Brad Yetman about his recent battles with concussions I was shocked to learn his Rouyn-Noranda Huskies team was not following the guidelines for allowing a player to return to action. As per Hockey Canadas Safety Program, any player who suffers a concussion cannot perform light aerobic exercise until ALL symptoms are gone. It's been close to seven weeks and I'm restarting now where I've been off so long I need to maintain some sort of activity to keep my endurance going a tiny bit, Yetman said of about getting back on the stationary cycle for the first time since a being concussed in a game earlier this season. So even through I still have a small amount of symptoms, we're trying to ease me into and not overdo it so that it makes the symptoms worse. For a second concussion sufferer who admits to getting back on the ice too soon after his first, I have to wonder if the team has his best interests at heart. * * * * * Word out of western Newfoundland is that the Corner Brook Royals and its management team has been bought out by Mieneke Car Care Centre owner Ross Coates. Coates previously served as general manager of the Corner Brook Junior Royals in the three-team Central-West Junior Hockey League. Earlier this fall, he resigned from the position after one season after due to work committments resulting from a business expansion into the greater St. Johns area. While no one has seen the books in Corner Brook, theres been a lot of talk around the senior scene that the Royals organization is in the red. Deep in the red. And its not just coming from this side of the overpass. Sources tell me Coates is there to bail the team out. But how this will affect the management structure? There are rumours swirling about that the entire management team is being replaced while others suggest the brass is staying as is. My source insists Fitzpatrick is staying on, but the rest are on their way out. Ill keep you posted on any developments.
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