By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press Mon., Oct. 15, 2018 As Riley Cote took and delivered countless punches over more than a decade of junior and pro hockey, he was eager to avoid painkillers. Early on, marijuana was touted to the enforcer as a healing option. “I started noticing some therapeutic benefits,” Cote said. “It helped me sleep, helped with my anxiety and general well-being.” Now a handful of years into retirement, Cote is a proponent of cannabis and its oils as an alternative to more addictive drugs commonly used by athletes to play through pain. Marijuana can be detected in a person’s system for more than 30 days, is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency without a specific therapeutic use exemption and is illegal in much of the United States. Canada on Wednesday will become the largest country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana. That means it will be available under the law in seven more NHL cities (it’s … [Read more...] about Marijuana legalization in Canada won’t change NHL yet
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(Reuters Health) - Concussion rates plummeted in Ivy League football under new rules moving the kickoff line in an attempt to minimize the risk of high speed head-on collisions during this part of the game, a new U.S. study suggests.The intention of the 5-yard (4.57 m) move was to have more kickbacks land in the end zone, reducing the likelihood that the receiving players would advance the ball. Ivy League football coaches recommended this change after reviewing 2015 data showing kickoffs accounted for 6 percent of all plays but 21 percent of concussions.Over the first two seasons with the new kickoff rules, the average annual concussion rate plunged to about 2 per 1,000 kickoffs from almost 11 per 1,000 over the last three seasons before the rule change took effect.That's "a 69 percent reduction in the rate of concussion," said lead study author Douglas Wiebe of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia."The action taken by Ivy League leadership … [Read more...] about Football concussions drop after Ivy League kickoff change
By Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau Sun., Sept. 30, 2018 OTTAWA—The federal government has partnered with brain injury experts in Nova Scotia in its search for what caused health problems among Canadian and American diplomats based in Havana, as speculation swirls that they may have been the targets of a microwave weapon. Global Affairs Canada has joined with the Brain Repair Centre, affiliated with Dalhousie University, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre, to conduct research into the symptoms and potential causes of what left about a dozen diplomats and family members suffering an array of mysterious symptoms. “The research study is another avenue to try to further understand the symptoms they are experiencing,” a senior federal government official told the Star. Despite an RCMP-led investigation that has stretched on for more than a year, done with the co-operation of the Cubans, the official said they seem no … [Read more...] about Ottawa teams with brain injury experts as it probes mystery attacks on Canadian diplomats in Cuba
By Katie Daubs Feature Writer Thu., Aug. 23, 2018 The Zipper has always been a rite of passage, a way of showing the world that not only are you taller than 52 inches, but childhood is someone else’s game. Growing up, I couldn’t wait for my turn at the fall fair, stepping into the cage-like carriage with its cushy vinyl seats, rising slowly into the sky as the cars loaded one by one, waiting for the operator to start the ride. Then, it was two minutes of screaming and spinning, the world a blur of midway lights and AC/DC blaring from the speaker. The Zipper, which has always behaved like a teenager, turns 50 this year, and the CNE is celebrating a milestone of the ride where “innocence is left behind and the dangerous world of wild abandon is embraced.” Chance Rides, the successor of the original Zipper manufacturer, asked for ideas to honour “our beloved Zipper” on its Facebook page. The response was as strange as the ride … [Read more...] about The Zipper at 50: Joy, thrills, and memories of a fateful ride and a lost friend
By Rosie DiManno Star Columnist Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA—If Lindsey Vonn had a lick of spite in her — she doesn’t — she’d take that bronze medal hard-earned Wednesday and ram it down the troll-mob’s bilious throat. Somehow, because she happens to have a bit of a brain, you know, and a tad ‘o candour, one of the greatest female skiers ever had been suddenly transformed into Vonn-cum-Villainess. Or Valkyrie of the bimbo-pinko left. Un-American. Which had a whole bunch of righteous red-meat Americans, the Trumpisti hordes, frothing and foaming over some rather mildly critical comments Vonn made about the U.S. president. A question asked of her and answered by CNN on Dec. 7 that clearly got up some right-twitch nostrils and wedged there. Article Continued Below Scooped out, like snot, last week when Vonn failed to medal in her Super-G race, a wide turn toward the end of the course dropping the … [Read more...] about One of the greatest female skiers in history said she hoped to represent her fellow Americans at the Olympics, not the president. So her fellow Americans turned on her.