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A National Hockey League veteran, Jamie Huscroft was a scrappy defenceman, knocked out at least a dozen times in a 14-year professional career.
It’s been more than a decade since the damage occurred, but he still gets headaches and has little tolerance for loud noise. Today, he calls himself a “test dummy” in a program that could have important implications for other athletes suffering from neurological damage.
Huscroft is enrolled at the Watson Centre Society for Brain Health, a clinic in Burnaby, B.C. that uses teaching techniques for children with learning disabilities to help adults with traumatic head injuries. It’s an intriguing method of therapy, particularly when so many ex-athletes complain of decreased cognitive functioning once their careers end.