Docs take hypocrite oath

KEVIN ENGSTROM, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:02 AM ET

If Canadian Medical Association members were truly serious with their concern about the long-term effects of head injuries incurred in sports, they wouldn't stop at calling for a ban on mixed martial art fighting in this country.

The docs would target hockey.

After all, there have been plenty of career-shortening head injuries suffered by people playing Canada's national pastime over the years. Just this past season, NHL stars Marc Savard and Simon Gagne missed long stretches of time after suffering serious concussions.

Considering many of us teach our children at a very young age how to shoot a puck, shouldn't the CMA have an obligation to lobby for the eradication of

this potentially dangerous sport that could conceivably turn players' brains to mush?

For that matter, shouldn't football be banned? It's arguably the most violent sport of all, with recent studies south of the border revealing the life spans of NFL players is considerably lower than that of the general population. Sounds kind of risky, no?

Heck, maybe even the relatively peaceful game of baseball should be outlawed in this country. After all, just last week scientists were publicly speculating that Lou Gehrig died from brain trauma, not from the disease with which he became identified. Perhaps we should ban that sport, too.

Of course, we all know the docs won't do any of that.

They know as well as any of us that the chances of Canadians putting down their composite sticks, bats, and footballs is about as likely as Adam Sandler winning an Oscar: slim and none.

Instead, they decided to go all Grant Nordman the other day at their annual meeting in Niagara Falls and voted to lobby for the end of MMA fighting in Canada -- ignoring the great strides the sport has made the last two decades to legitimize and regulate itself.

To be fair, the sport isn't for the faint of heart. Injuries will occur, as they do in all sports.

But for the docs to condemn MMA fighting while saying nothing of other potentially dangerous sports is intellectually dishonest.

Moreover, as much as the docs would apparently like to, we can't wrap ourselves or our kids in bubblewrap. There's an inherent risk of injury with any sport. This risk is understood by pretty much every participant who chooses to take part.

And that's the thing these doctors apparently don't get: sport is a choice.

Participating in a specific sport is a decision best left in the hands of individual Canadians, not the government.

For these docs to say otherwise and advocate for a nanny state on sport only suggests they're the ones that need to have their heads examined.

Twitter: @kevinatwpgsun


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