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Concussion: The Movie Review

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As a person who has suffered multiple head and neck injuries, I understand the real impact and dangers of concussions. In my hockey career I have gone through a broken neck and 3 concussions. While my concussions were mild others have suffered concussions much worse.  Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease found in people who have had repeated blows to the head.The recently released movie Concussion is about awareness of CTE and the story of a doctor that brought this to the attention of the public.  This syndrome can be found predominantly in athletes.  Most of these athletes that suffer from CTE do not feel the first symptoms until they retire, as symptoms normally start 8-10 years following these blows to the head.  
The first symptoms are dizziness, disorientation, and headaches.  This is followed by memory loss, odd behavior, and bad judgement. If these symptoms are not dealt with this will eventually lead to death. Research and study by Benne…

From the Ice to the Future

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People say hockey is just a dangerous game that only leads to injury.  I understand more than most, so I can’t say you’re completely wrong.  But to me, it is much more than that. Besides being the reason I get up in the morning, it also has opened, and will open, many doors for me in the future.  About 6 years ago, I crashed into the boards at Panthers Ice Den,. Not only did I suffer a concussion, but I also suffered 3 fractures in my C1 vertebrae. This is also known as a Jefferson Fracture.  I was unable to move my neck for nine months before returning to the ice. If you’re wondering, I am 100% insane. Six years later, completely healed, I now use the game that almost ruined my life to help me make the best of it.  I have always believed that hockey will open up doors for me, and now I do more than ever. It was March 11, 2017 when I came into the living room to see my dad holding up a letter with a tear in his eye. The only thing he could say was “You did it.”  Moving back a little, I…