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Former NHL Player Highlights The Impact Of Brain Injuries

by | Jul 10, 2018 | Brain Injuries |

Brain injuries are common in sports related accidents. One major hockey league player has decided to speak out about the consequences of living with the injury.

In an article on GlobalNews.ca, Nick Boynton, a former defensive player for many NHL teams, including the Boston Bruins, recently published an opinion piece about his 11-year hockey career.

One of the main points he makes in his opinion piece, according to Global News, is that the head trauma he received led to a decade of mental health issues, including substance abuse. He claims there was no internal support systems, or infrastructure within the NHL to help players deal with the effects of repeated head trauma over the course of their careers.

Difficult To Detect

Because the effects of brain injuries can be difficult to detect, a person may not be diagnosed with the injury right away. It’s important to consult a personal injury lawyer if you have suffered a head injury for a proper legal assessment. He or she will be able to identify the damage and losses suffered, and what compensation amounts you can pursue.

The Consequences Of Brain Injury Symptoms

Boynton also references a few other NHL defensive players, specifically enforcers, who have suffered similar injuries to his own, and taken their own lives. He once feared he may have been on that road as well. He went as far to say he would trade his Stanley Cup ring back for a chance to reclaim his previous life before his head injuries.

Boynton recalls suffering approximately eight concussions. The symptoms of these injuries – a deterioration of cognitive and physical functionality – cause him to develop mental health issues and addictions.

Hoping For Change

He published his article because he felt that no one was talking about these effects on NHL players. He says that when difficulties surrounding the injuries amongst players were brought up to anyone, they were told to “tough it out”.

He hopes that his piece on mental health issues surrounding the effects of brain injuries with help the league with creating a better system for helping injured players cope with these issues.