If you are a casual follower of sports then you for sure know the plight of Sidney Crosby and his long comeback from his concussion he sustained on New Years Day. Recently he has been doing “much better” according to sources and believes that he is much closer to a return to full go;
Sidney Crosby believes he is getting closer to being cleared for contact.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ star was pleased after going through another trouble-free practice Monday, a day after taking part in a scrimmage in which hits were banned.
“Obviously, the more good days you have, the nearer you get, and, hopefully, we’ll get there shortly,” said Crosby, who is recovering from a concussion that occurred more than eight months ago.
However there is a huge difference between practice in a controlled setting, where no hitting is allowed, and an uncontrolled game. It would be a massively different story if the NHL were to ban shots to the head, but that is a rant for a different day. The reason you know about “Sid The Kid” so well is that he is not only the face of a franchise but the NHL itself.
Is Crosby the only one dealing with such issues? The answer is an emphatic no. Below are other players in the NHL using the off-season to get healed up after concussion.
David Perron, St. Louis Blues
Perron got a concussion in November. Just today, he reported to the Blues and met with reporters. However, he is not ready to practice. He is not completely symptom-free and only has been doing light workouts, something the Penguins captain was doing just weeks after he was diagnosed Jan. 6. Perron hopes to begin increasing what he can do physically.
Marc Staal, New York Rangers
Staal has missed time in training camp with headaches related to a February concussion and met with specialists on Thursday and Friday. He practiced Sunday morning, but then was scheduled to have an acupuncture treatment and did not speak with reporters.
Matthew Lombardi, Toronto Maple Leafs
One day at a time. That is how Matthew Lombardi has been living his life for the past 11 months. You wake up without suffering a headache and you move on. You exercise without becoming dizzy and you move on. You keep making baby steps, trying not to look too far ahead or move too fast.
“Just take your time,” said Lombardi, who has not played an NHL game since suffering a concussion on Oct. 13.
Peter Mueller, Colorado Avalanche
For the first time in quite a while, Colorado Avalanche forward Peter Mueller’s focus is on hockey instead of his head.
So antsy for the start of training camp Saturday, Mueller was one of the first to arrive at the rink, eager to resume his career after missing an entire season with a concussion.
As you can see there is more than just Sidney Crosby, mismanagement of concussions is a systemic problem in hockey, as it is in all sports. The NHL has been better about finding and dealing with the injury, this perhaps will translate to lower numbers next season.