Last Friday night I attended the Dallas Stars vs. Chicago Blackhawks hockey game in Dallas. Like other hockey fans, I cheered for my team (da Hawks!) and enjoyed watching the fast paced action on the ice, which sometimes included a body check or the occasional fight. During the course of the game Dallas Stars player Stephane Robidas slammed awkwardly into the wall, went down, and didn’t get back up. From our seats we had a perfect view of Robidas and his ankle, which jutted unnaturally to the side. Robidas had broken his leg and had to be stretchered off the ice.
In recent years sports injuries have become a more talked about issue, especially when it comes to head injuries. Football injuries have garnered the majority of attention, especially in the NFL, but even the NHL has had some legal issues: “Retired Players Sue NHL Over Head Injuries.
What, if any, is the responsibility of organizations like the NFL and NHL when it comes to player injuries such as this?
Do high schools and middle schools have a similar responsibility? Why or why not?
- Stephane Robidas of Dallas Stars breaks leg against Chicago Blackhawks (espn.go.com)
- Sports, Injuries and Media Their Impact On the Game (prstars.wordpress.com)
- Head injuries link to Alzheimer’s (skynews.com.au)
- Sports Concussion Fears Spread as Pro Hockey Players Go to Court (businessweek.com)
- Sports Injuries and Cognition (neuropsychconsulting.wordpress.com)