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NEUROSURGEON HAS CONCERNS
ABOUT EQUIPMENT, FIGHTING IN NHL

NEUROSURGEON HAS CONCERNS ABOUT EQUIPMENT, FIGHTING IN NHL(Sportsnet, April 4, 2016)A Toronto neurosurgeon believes the NHL should be more concerned about concussions and said one of the problems is hockey equipment. Dr. Charles Tator of the Krembil Neuroscience Centre at Toronto Western Hospital thinks some changes would decrease the number of concussions.

"I would start probably with the equipment," Tator told Canada's Sportsnet 590 The Fan. "It's crazy to have elbow pads and shoulder pads that are like sledgehammers. Why have the (NHL and other hockey leaders) allowed those ridiculous elbow pads and shoulder pads to be perpetuated?"

Tator thinks eliminating fighting and imposing harsher penalties and suspensions for hits from behind on unsuspecting players would help reduce concussions.

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