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Over-50 hockey league has one medical requirement

The Cleveland Heights 50+ Hockey League has a particular rule: Every crew wants at the very least one doctor on its roster. “That is by design,” Ed Weston, a retired Navy captain who serves as league treasurer, informed Crain’s Cleveland Enterprise.

To date there have not been any critical accidents for the reason that league—which does not enable checking—began in 2013.

“I’d not use this league and aggressive in the identical sentence,” mentioned Dr. John Wooden, who has performed within the 50-and-up league since its inception.

Friday is recreation evening, with the motion getting underway after eight:30 on the Cleveland Heights Group Middle. The 21-game common season runs from mid-October by early April.



Dr. Margaret Bigg is certainly one of at the very least eight ladies within the league. The Cleveland Clinic hospitalist did not begin taking part in hockey till she was in her 30s—when her two sons, Joey and Teddy, took up the game.

She hasn’t needed to are likely to any fellow gamers fairly often. “For probably the most half, there’s not a lot you are able to do on the ice for folks, until it is an emergency,” Bigg mentioned.

One other participant/doctor has two attributes that would appear completely suited to the league. Wooden is from Canada and an orthopedic surgeon. However 50-and-up is nothing to somebody whose uncle performs in an 80-and-over league in Ottawa. “They preserve an AED (automated exterior defibrillator) on the bench. If somebody falls over, they cease the sport and ensure he is OK,” Wooden mentioned of his uncle’s league.

Wooden, who works for the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Middle, mentioned he can solely give “generic curbside recommendation” to Cleveland Heights league gamers. However he was as soon as pressured to make use of a defibrillator when a participant went into cardiac arrest throughout an grownup league recreation in Shaker Heights. “That had a contented ending to it. He turned out nice,” mentioned Wooden, who was aided that day by one other doctor competing within the league.

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