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A thread about Gary Bettman, the NHL & how the league of denial used Todd Ewen’s case to cast doubt on a link between repeated brain injuries and CTE

Thank you to @rwesthead for covering the concussion hearing in depth

#NHL #FridayReads #CTE

2/ The widow of Todd Ewen sued the National Hockey League on Tuesday, claiming the #NHL cynically exploited a botched analysis of her husband’s brain, which later tested positive for #CTE

Even in death, former players are not safe

#FridayFeeIing #TBI

3/ “Unbeknownst to Kelli Ewen, Dr Lili-Naz Hazrati served as an expert witness for the #NHL in multidistrict litigation...”

"Had [Dr. Hazrati] disclosed her conflicts of interest, Kelli would never have sent Todd's brain to her” Ewen said


4/ The NHL latched onto this story, which was cited in the @TheLancetNeuro medical journal & used as a warning when reporting on CTE
5/ Link to the @TheLancetNeuro medical journal

6/ In a nutshell, the NHL has latched onto a doctors narrative (who was paid & served as an expert witness for the NHL in its concussion lawsuit) to cast doubt on a link between hockey players, repetitive head trauma & CTE

For some, there will never be enough evidence for a link
7/ What we do know, since the 1920s, is that repetitive head trauma leads to brain injury, brain damage & neurological diseases, cognitive dysfunction & mental health issues

Let’s keep the above sentiment in mind & err on the side of caution for the sake of human beings

8/ Dr Charles Tator disagrees with Bettman, says there is direct hockey concussion-CTE link

“Just repeat the Steve Montador case as a retort to what Bettman says. How many Steve Montadors does he need to convince him of the relationship?”


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