Kevin Neeld — Hockey Training, Sports Performance, & Sports Science

The Truth About Concussion-Like Symptoms

Over the last year, concussions have plagued all levels of hockey more than any other injury. While much attention is now being paid to the prevention of concussions and following more appropriate return to play protocols, the fact is that these injuries, and the other causes of related symptoms, are relatively poorly understood.

Last week I filmed a 30-minute presentation titled “The Truth About Concussion-Like Symptoms”. The presentation starts by discussing the basics regarding symptoms and the return to play process, which is incredibly important information to minimize the risk of repeat occurrences, and exponentially more profound long-term consequences. However, the real value of this presentation lies in identifying the most commonly overlooked predisposing factors and causes of concussion-like symptoms. As you’ll quickly see, we may have many players sitting out with concussion-like symptoms that don’t or no longer have a true concussion.

I strongly believe this is the most powerful collection of practical concussion information for hockey players that has ever been compiled. To make the information more manageable, I’ve divided the presentation into four parts. The first two are presented below. Please share this with everyone you know in the game of hockey. Information is power.

As a disclaimer, I’m a strength and conditioning coach. I’m not a physician, nor am I an expert on brain injuries. The information in these videos is NOT meant to be taken as medical advice, nor does it suggest that concussions are being mishandled in any way by medical professionals in hockey. My interest in concussions stems solely from wanting to ensure that I can help the players I work with find the best care via the most appropriate referrals to medical professionals, to help make sure they aren’t missing unnecessary time.

The Truth About Concussion-Like Symptoms: Part 1

The Truth About Concussion-Like Symptoms: Part 2

*This information is by no means a replacement for medical advice or diagnosis, nor does it suggest that any of the players whose names or images were presented in the videos had cases that were mishandled in any way. It’s simply meant to provide additional potential causes of symptoms so players are aware of what other injuries they may need to get checked out by a medical professional.

To your success,

Kevin Neeld

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Kevin Neeld

Kevin Neeld Knows Hockey

Kevin has rapidly established himself as a leader in the field of physical preparation and sports science for ice hockey. He is currently the Head Performance Coach for the Boston Bruins, where he oversees all aspects of designing and implementing the team’s performance training program, as well as monitoring the players’ performance, workload and recovery. Prior to Boston, Kevin spent 2 years as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Jose Sharks after serving as the Director of Performance at Endeavor Sports Performance in Pitman, NJ. He also spent 5 years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach with USA Hockey’s Women’s Olympic Hockey Team, and has been an invited speaker at conferences hosted by the NHL, NSCA, and USA Hockey.