Dr. Charles Tator, a professor of neurosurgery at Toronto University, recently told the media that more should be done to”change “the culture of the game” of hockey.
Specifically,: “I would prefer body checking be eliminated until the age of 16,” he said.
He went on to offer two more observations.
Second, “Everybody recovers at a different rate. If you don’t do it properly, you will prolong the recovery process. ,,, It’s very important not to get a second before your recover from the first.”
Tator’s credentials bring credibility to his commentary. He is the founder of the “Think First Foundation,” which is devoted to the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries among Canada’s children. He also received the USA Hockey Excellence in Safety Award for his work on prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries in hockey as well as the lifetime achievement award from the American Spinal Injury Association.
In addition, Tabor developed the first acute spinal cord care unit in Canada and is currently exploring the possibility of transplantation of adult spinal cord derived stem/progenitor cells after experimental spinal cord injury. He has over 300 peer reviewed academic papers on spinal cord injury and repair and has trained over 30 research scientists in his laboratory over last two decades.