Friday’s health and safety news around sports:
* Chicago Red Eye examined how the city’s pro athletes — like the Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa, and the Bears’ Jay Cutler and Earl Bennett — and have dealt with concussions.
Whether they’re driven by the fear of losing their job, passion for the game or some combination of the two, many players choose to accept the risks of the sport.
“This is what we want to do. That is the thing we know how to do it and we were dreaming to do when we were young kids,” Hossa said. “Everybody wants to do what they’re best in and this is what we’re best in and it’s worth it. But also we want to get rid of those nasty plays.”
* Yahoo! Sports reported that Artem Anisimov of the Columbus Blue Jackets suffered what may be the oddest accident of the NHL season, leaving the ice with an apparent concussion.
* The Bleacher Report wrote about some injuries to monitor during the NFL Scouting Combine this week.
* The Fort Wayne (Ind.) News Sentinel profiled a local chiropractor who is going to Indianapolis for concussion education and to work at the NFL Scouting Combine.
* Time’s concussion blog cities a new study that says neck strength determines concussion risk.
* Virtual-Strategy Magazine announced the debut of a new athletic training app.
* In its Mayo Clinic column, the Chicago Tribune told readers rest following concussion is extremely important.
* The Napa Valley Register covered a concussion forum in its area this week.
* And Stopconcussions.com asked how many concussions are NBA players hiding?
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor