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It’s been more than a decade since Dr. Charles Tator, the Toronto neurosurgeon, emerged as an authoritative voice of reason in the effort to curtail concussions in sports.
And while there’ve been low moments along the way, like the time Tator was swamped with hate mail after he dared call out Don Cherry as a negative influence in hockey’s deadly dance with brain injuries, Tator will tell you there’s been “terrific progress” in the field. Awareness has led to prevention. There are concussion laws on the books in Ontario, not to mention all 50 U.S. states.
“We have reached a stage where moms and dads, coaches and referees, are now thinking concussion,” Tator said in a recent interview. “We’ve come a long way.”