Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is planned to speak to the media this afternoon, at 12:30PM ET, of his progress regarding his post-concussive condition which has put a halt to the current moment of his shining career. Today will mark the first time since the previous NHL season where Crosby will publicly describe the extent of his injury, as he has clearly been heavily scrutinized and shamed due to the extensive time he has lost and failed to provide to the growing spectrum of hockey. Whom many may consider the face of professional hockey, Crosby stands hopeful for a promising return but still remains unsure of his medical future.
Specialists in Georgia and Michigan have been monitoring the course of Crosby’s recovery for several months now, and until recently they found him to be at what was considered to be a 90% recovery, though headaches would gradually return only to provide that cloud of doubt around him and his closest friends and family. The complications of the concussion injury are at most difficult and different in every case, and by matter of it happening to the Penguins’ prodigy, the hockey audience now presents itself with a real-time situation that clarifies the implications of mild traumatic brain injury, as well as displaying the vulnerability of the most valued players in the league.
Crosby, though plagued by unexpected set-backs, had this to say regarding the situation:
“I appreciate all the support I’ve received from my family, friends, teammates and fans and from the entire Penguins organization,” Crosby said. “I know they only want the best for my health and for me to be fully ready when I return to game action.”
But you also have to applaud the young athlete for his understanding and willingness to remain rational with regards to his treatment and the advice of others regarding his injury. He is essentially the focal point of what concussion education & awareness advocates strive toward, as he is essentially the representation of what it means to sit out, when in doubt. He has taken that step back to reevaluate himself and take the time to take care of his body, his brain.
He has expressed frustration with the recovery process, but said he would stay out as long as medically necessary.