WARNING: This article contains details of suicide
A new study from a group of University of British Columbia researchers takes a deep dive into the pressures professional men’s hockey players feel to stay silent despite serious personal problems.
The study, published last month in the journal Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, involved in-depth interviews with 19 men who are current or former pro hockey players. All but one had played in the National Hockey League.
Through those interviews, lead author Katie Crawford and her team discovered despite facing issues like physical pain, mental unwellness, concussions, addictions, relationship difficulties and more, many players felt pressured to keep things to themselves and deal with problems
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