Editorial, Crosby, Morneau & Ice Meets Ice


Sean Meister of Fox Sports Inside Hockey took a stance against the concussion problem beginning to plague the NHL.  In his editorial he used the instances of Sidney Crosby and Marc Savard as examples of how the NHL might not be doing enough.  Meister contends that even though the “more is needed” group is valid in all conversations, sometimes they are more worrisome than valid, this instance in hockey and with concussions is no such case.

Concussions are more than statistics on games lost and player performance. They are more than media buzz, commentator talking points and a reason to attack the game of hockey. And, ultimately, concussions are more than just a reality of a physical sport.

Often lost in all the analysis of what causes concussions is the result and aftermath of them.

This is where we stand on the issue as well.  The injury is going to occur in sport and life, but how we, as players, coaches, medical professionals and parents (just to name some) handle them is the real issue.  However the prevention of the injury itself is also an issue that should be addressed, and it is.

Currently we have only limited data suggesting the long-term effects of concussive episodes, and although they are very powerful,  waiting for all long-term studies to finish may be too long.  This issue takes a multidimensional approach including prevention, research, trial (and error), new evaluation tools, and management.  Is it the best we can do, yes…  Because doing nothing and ignoring the issue and denying the fact that something is happening is ‘dirty pool’ to all that have and will sustain concussions.

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Sidney Crosby is taking the recovery serious, as he and his team have not put a return date on the injury.  A very encouraging sign to this author.  The reason being that a concussion does not have a defined return to normal time due to a myriad of factors the most important being individuality.  Each brain is different in its ability to process information and ‘bounce back’ from injury, thus putting an open-ended time-table is the best.  Crosby has returned to his parents home to aid in recovery, perhaps getting away from the circus of being a professional athlete will be best for him.

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Justin Morneau is going to report to Minnesota Twins Spring Training on February 22nd.  He has begun work in the batting cage and increased his activity level with no setbacks noted to this point.  However, Morneau is doing what should be expected of all athletes suffering from concussion and post-concussion syndrome; if he has any abnormality while attempting a return he will take steps back.

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Rob Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice suffered a concussion while preparing for a British show called “Dancing on Ice”.  Thanks to a Concussion Blog tipster we were able to find the story and get pictures.

According to reports Vanilla fell head-first onto the ice (ice baby), knocking himself unconscious, splitting his head open and spraying blood all over the place. Ouch.

The 43-year-old was rushed to hospital for treatment and was told to stay overnight due to the concussion. However, he checked himself out and headed off to the National Television Awards, as you do.

In the original linked story he made mention to the fact that he was just getting his “memory back” days after the injury.  However that quote has since been redacted for some reason.

A Dancing on Ice source told the paper: “It’s touch and go if he’ll be OK for Sunday – and, even if he is, bosses are worried about the choreography. If a fall this bad happened on live TV it would be an absolute disaster.”

Ice-Ice-Baby

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3 thoughts on “Editorial, Crosby, Morneau & Ice Meets Ice

  1. brokenbrilliant February 12, 2011 / 07:21

    Disaster is obviously relative. As Sean Meister of Fox Sports Inside Hockey pointed out in his great piece, things like healthy and safety can get caught between the gears of the entertainment and making-a-living aspects of these kinds of activities.

    I wanted to respond to your statement above – “Currently we have only limited data suggesting the long-term effects of concussive episodes, although very powerful, and waiting for all long-term studies to finish may be too long.” I believe this is somewhat true, but if you change the wording a little bit to “long-term sequelae of head (or brain) injury” and google it, you may have better luck finding data. Depending which words you use, you can find between 850-1,000 results in Google, some of them pretty good.

    Obviously, it’s nowhere near the volume of data for, say “long-term sequelae of cancer survival”, which returns 45,800,000 results, but it’s a start.

    Thanks for the good post. It’s great to have the periodic check-ins about once-big stories that run the risk of dropping off the radar of the popular media.

  2. brokenbrilliant February 12, 2011 / 07:38

    Out of curiosity,just thought I’d check… Googling “long-term sequelae of concussion” returns 279,000 results. Next question: why isn’t there more consistency between the results?

    • Dustin Fink February 12, 2011 / 08:22

      This is an issue I and many others have had while looking for information… No matter the search engine you use you get varying results, it is perplexing to say the least. In response you your comment, I didn’t qualify to the best of my ability, our research in the past has not included new findings such as the ALS link, CTE, and try and find information about grades in school… We are only at the tip of the information, as we learn more we will find good things and good practices…

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