Weekly Links: Cultural aspects of the “concussion crisis”; Women’s hockey in Mexico, South Korea, India; and more

Matt Ventresca, Hockey in Society contributor and postdoc researcher at Georgia Tech, has a great piece on how addressing sociocultural factors, in addition to employing technological advances, is needed to reduce concussions in hockey and other contact sports. [Engaging Sports] Ken Campbell on how hockey agents are recruiting clients at younger and younger ages, and…

Weekly Links: Harrison Browne; Gretzky back in Edmonton; CHL class-action update; and more

The Weekly Links post highlights important or interesting writing from the hockey blogosphere and media. Enjoy! Harrison Browne came out as transgender making him the first transgender professional team athlete in America. [Vice Sports] The NWHL is now working on a transgender inclusion policy. [ESPNW] And you can round out your Harrison Browne reading with these other…

Bursting the Dam? The Slow Erosion of Hockey Homophobia

Sport, very much including hockey, is for the most part a hostile environment for people who do not conform to the dominant ideals of the given sporting culture. Especially in physical contact sports such as hockey, football, or lacrosse – in short, sports that have always been associated with and have always celebrated an aggressive…