Sociology 218 Paper Is Violence in Hockey Necessary?

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IS VIOLENCE IN HOCKEY NECESSARY? 1 Is Violence in Hockey Necessary? A Debate Regarding the Roles Fighting and Contact Play in Hockey. Sociology 218 Rob Nestor University of Regina Abstract
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IS VIOLENCE IN HOCKEY NECESSARY? 2 Violence in hockey and the effects it has on players and viewers is a topic that is widely debated. In this paper I will debate that the governing bodies of hockey should ban contact from youth hockey and fighting from adult hockey. This will be done through the use of my own opinions and academic sources. I will discuss the risks of violence on players in the National Hockey League (NHL) and on the youth that play, outline the arguments supporting violence in hockey and respond to them and discuss the psychological effects that fighting in hockey has on players and viewers. Is Violence in Hockey Necessary?
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IS VIOLENCE IN HOCKEY NECESSARY? 3 A Debate Regarding the Role Fighting Plays in Hockey. Fighting in hockey at professional and amateur levels has become an important topic for debate in many circles. The dangers involved with allowing fighting in hockey have been brought to light more often in recent years due to major injuries to National Hockey League (NHL) players and increasing amounts of violence in the younger years of hockey. In Canada the dangers involved with fighting in hockey have been addressed by Hockey Canada when they changed the rules regarding fighting in the younger levels of hockey. In this paper I will argue that the governing bodies in hockey should remove contact from minor hockey and fighting from amateur to professional levels of hockey. Risks of Allowing Fighting in Hockey I will first outline the many risks involved with allowing fighting and contact in the many levels of hockey. When looking at the dangers of fighting one must simply look at the many NHL players that have had to sit out of many games due to injuries and head trauma attributed to the fighting and violent contact permitted in hockey. One of the most publicized occurrences of this in recent years has been the story of NHL player, Sidney Crosby’s concussions due to violence in the game. Researchers from the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University School of Medicine found cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in three famous hockey players’ brains (Kale, 2012). CTE may be connected to “memory disturbances, behavioural and personality changes, Parkinsonism, and speech and gait abnormalities” (Kale, 2012) due to the head trauma that may be a cause of CTE. “Head trauma in hockey has several causes, which include fighting and direct intentional hits to the head” (Kale, 2012). Professional hockey is not the only area that has risks for brain trauma however; violent
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