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Jeffrey G. Caron, Gordon A. Bloom, Karen M. Johnston, and Catherine M. Sabiston

The purpose of this study was to understand the meanings and lived experiences of multiple concussions in professional hockey players using hermeneutic, idiographic, and inductive approaches within an interpretative phenomenological analysis. The interviewer was an athlete who had suffered multiple concussions, and the interviewees were five former National Hockey League athletes who had retired due to medically diagnosed concussions suffered during their careers. The men discussed the physical and psychological symptoms they experienced as a result of their concussions and how the symptoms affected their professional careers, personal relationships, and quality of life. The former professional athletes related these symptoms to the turmoil that is ever present in their lives. These findings are of interest to athletes, coaches, sport administrators, family members, sport psychology practitioners, and medical professionals, as they highlight the severity of short- and long-term effects of concussions.

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Josh Ogden and Jonathon R. Edwards

Organizations in a sport system compete against one another while working together to sustain a competitive environment and to provide opportunities for competition at the provincial/state, national, or international level. This paper is a multicase study comparison of the elite sport development systems of Canada and Sweden to explore the differences and similarities between their approaches to the delivery of ice hockey. Semistructured interviews took place with participants from North America and Europe. Additional data came from media articles from Canada and Sweden. Findings revealed six themes/characteristics: the cost of hockey, residential boundaries, the player selection process, skill development, early specialization, and coaching. The results suggest that Canadian and Swedish hockey systems offer two different approaches to elite player development (closed vs. open systems), resulting in different trajectories regarding international success in the World Junior Championships and in the number of players drafted into the National Hockey League.

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Suzannah Mork Armentrout and Julia Dutove

John Miller’s stomach twisted into knots as he paced back and forth watching the final day of hockey tryouts for his fifth-grade son, Gavin. Gavin just had to make the A team. He deserved it. He had been playing on a very good off-season hockey team and took private stickhandling lessons for

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Adam Ehsan Ali

The Humboldt Broncos are a men’s hockey team in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, an under-20 league composed of North American born players. The Broncos play in Humboldt, which is a small rural community located about 200 km north of the provincial capital of Regina with a population of just

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Spencer Riehl, Ryan Snelgrove, and Jonathon Edwards

changing environment, where focus has shifted from competitive focus to an increase in athlete development and enjoyment. Although organizational change occurred for the Ontario Soccer Association, hockey organizations in Canada have been slow to make similar changes. Scholars have recognized that hockey

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Jay Scherer

In 1977, the Canadian men’s national team officially returned to international ice hockey competition, heralding the end of a controversial boycott launched seven years earlier by Canadian ice hockey officials in protest of the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) refusal to allow

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Victoria Kabetu, Ryan Snelgrove, Kimberly J. Lopez, and Daniel Wigfield

Steve Kroger, president and COO of Hockey Canada, was making his way back to his office after a meeting about the upcoming minor hockey season. As he stepped onto an elevator, he opened his phone and scrolled through the latest sports news headlines. One article in particular caught his attention

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Marcos Quintana-Cepedal, Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, Irene Crespo, Miguel del Valle, and Hugo Olmedillas

Rink hockey (roller or quad hockey) is a popular sport in some European and Latin countries, such as Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Argentina, and Chile. It is played on a rectangular rink surrounded by fences and is considered an intermittent and multidirectional sport. Each game includes 2 teams

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Susan K. Putnam and Justin M. Carré

The authors examined the extent to which changes in testosterone concentrations before competition would be associated with performance among elite male hockey players. Saliva samples were collected on 2 noncompetition days (baseline) and before 2 playoff games (1 home game, 1 away game). Individual performance was assessed by the coaching staff after each game. Results indicated that changes in testosterone before competition predicted performance, but this effect was influenced by game location. Unexpectedly, the authors found a significant negative relationship between a rise in testosterone and performance for the away game and a nonsignificant positive relationship for the home game. These findings indicate that game location should be considered in studies examining the neuroendocrine correlates of athletic competition.

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Kari Roethlisberger, Vista Beasley, Jeffrey Martin, Brigid Byrd, Krista Munroe-Chandler, and Irene Muir

types. For example, girls who participate in sport benefit from increased confidence, self-esteem, social well-being, and empowerment ( Eime et al., 2013 ; Pedersen & Seidman, 2004 ; United Nations, 2007 ), and benefits specific to female ice hockey players include character development, academic