Doctor talks about hockey concussion concerns

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Hockey is a rough and tumble sport. Tuesday’s Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders matchup had some particularly tough bangups. In hockey, concussions are real concern.

Dr. Jonathan Phillips
Dr. Jonathan Phillips

Dr. Jonathan Phillips is a sports medicine doctor at Florida Hospital in Wesley Chapel. He’s also the team doctor for the Tampa Bay Storm. He said the National Hockey League doesn’t take concussions lightly.

“They do take it very seriously. I know that for a fact through their protocol from dealing with them. But, it’s certainly not as prevalent as some of the other sports,” Dr. Phillips said.

The NHL published a study in 2013 that looked at seven years of data. It found a total of 559 concussions during regular season games. That’s 5.8 concussions for every 100 players. It could be higher, Dr. Phillips said. He explained players hide their symptoms – or at least try to.

“When athletes minimize injuries, they don’t think anything of that small little tweak (because) they want get in there and they want to play,” he said.

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