What is so absurd about calling a concussion a concussion… NOTHING. However one example of a team going to the absurd to avoid the actual word is the Montreal Canadians. Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette (via Yahoo! Sports) wrote about this ridiculousness occurring around Carey Price;
“He’s experiencing a lot of things that a lot of other guys are experiencing, and I think it’s still up in the air as to how to go about treating what we just term as headaches,” Cunneyworth said. “We’ve talked about this before, confusing the flu-like symptoms with the other things that go on. At this point, we’re just evaluating a guy that obviously we’re going to take our time with and make sure the process is taken care of.”
Yeah you are seeing that correct teams are now using the “flu-like symptom” tag on players experiencing dizziness, headaches and fatigue; interestingly it occurs after some questionable hits. The team and Price have acknowledged that these “things” started after taking a hit in practice. He did play the day after the collision in practice, but later stated his headaches continued.
Hickey is dead on when observing the flu;
Flu and colds usually run their course after a few days of rest. Eat right, drink plenty of fluids and you’re good to go in no time. But the Canadiens have guys who have been out for weeks with vague diagnoses. But don’t dare suggest there may be a concussion involved. [...]
Players have to go through a series of baseline tests that aren’t required if you’re coming back from a three-week bout with the 48-hour flu.
The NHL in general is absurd when it comes to injuries, it seems that the traditionalists are so afraid of what ‘could’ happen that they refuse to honor the problem. There are many, many players listed as “upper body” or “undisclosed” it makes me want to scream. The more the NHL and teams like the Canadians bury their head in the sand the worse the problem will become.
The Canadians did finally own up to the actual injury, however I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that they actually call it a “mild” concussion… SMH, WTF, OMG, IDHAFC, etc…