By JEFF KLEINBRANDEN NHL.COM NHL.com is reporting that the National Hockey League is giving away nearly $200 million in medical equipment over the next three years.
In a press release on Thursday, the league said it will give away more than $600 million in equipment, including equipment used to treat injuries in the National Basketball Association and the National Football League.
The new equipment will be used to address a number of injuries including concussions, back and shoulder problems, neck and spine issues and concussion symptoms.
The NHL is also giving away more equipment than last year, including pads, helmets, gloves, head protection and concussion-related protective gear.
More than 3.7 million people have been treated in emergency rooms for concussions this season, according to the league.
According to a recent survey by the National Association of State Emergency Medical Directors, more than 1 in 3 people who have suffered a concussion have experienced symptoms including headache, dizziness, fatigue, muscle aches and weakness, memory loss, and even a slight feeling of paralysis.
But the league has also faced criticism for the way it has treated players, many of whom have had their careers derailed by head injuries.
Many players have been suspended for the entire season and, after the new guidelines were announced, they faced further penalties.
After the league was criticized for the lockout, Commissioner Gary Bettman said it would be wrong to make the players pay for a “sad time” that had nothing to do with the concussion protocol.
With a $20 million donation from the NHL, the NHL is pledging to spend $20 billion on equipment over five years.