The NHL Players’ Association decision to make helmet use compulsory during hockey fights is a welcome move.
These injuries and fatalities must be prevented and controlled and needs no further discussion. Players who refuse to wear helmets during fights should be banned from playing hockey.
Injuries account for $12 billion of health-care expenditure per year. After cancer and cardiovascular disease, injuries are the most costly condition for our health-care system. Injury is the leading cause of death and hospitalization of Canadians under 45 and the fourth leading cause of death among all Canadians.