On Saturday, October 1st, a terrific article written by Ken Dryden (former NHL goaltender and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame) appeared in the Globe & Mail. Mr. Dryden called for all sports including hockey and football to be played in a “head smart” way. In other words, safety would be central to the rules. Furthermore, he advocates this head smart movement should be global, not just North American. It’s such a simple shift in thinking about the way sports are played yet the end result would be monumental! The risk of injuries in sports will always be prevalent but if we can limit the risk to less life threatening accidents rather than head injuries and concussions, the world of sports will be a better place! What changes would you like to see in the world of sports in order to include them as head smart? Of course, my response to that question is easy: mandatory helmet laws for everyone including adults for biking, skating, skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and equestrian riding. Am I asking for too much?
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