Originally Posted by newtogolf
I was disputing your claim that football players endure thousands of impacts per week.
I have no idea who takes more head impacts, if I had to pick I'd say football players do but it also depends on position, QB's, CB's WR's take a substantially less number of hits than lineman and linebackers where as in hockey all players except the goalie take an equal share. In terms of concussions, the numbers seem to indicate the rate is higher in the NHL than NFL.
He may have overestimated the number, but his point still stands. Football players take a lot more hits than hockey players. Some of them (interior linemen, linebackers, fullbacks) take fairly forceful hits, frequently to the head, on just about every single play (and probably multiple hits on a lot of plays). And even if you don't practice in full pads at all during the week (pretty sure they do at least one day) then that's going to be on the order of 100 or more hits every single week.
Hockey players take only a handful of hits per game, and those are, by and large, body to body. Nobody leads with their head, and when people actually take shoulders or elbows to the head, there is usually a pretty heavy penalty levied against the offender. Of course, hockey players don't wear very protective helmets so when they do get hit, their protection is compromised.
Not that it means much, but I played rec hockey (roller and ice) for about 10 years and I don't think I took one shot to the head in that entire time. Of course, rec hockey frowns upon hitting, which is why I said it doesn't mean much, but hey. ;)