I must admit I am being a bit “Pollyannaish” about using the correct terms and classifications of concussions. But seriously it needs to stop, for the sake of the kids and general public. All these terms do is muddy the water about concussions.
Case 1: Chris Pronger – “Concussion-Like Symptoms”;
Pronger has what general manager Paul Holmgren called “concussion-like” symptoms and is out indefinitely.
Braydon Coburn, when asked whether it had been easier to wrap his head around just three more weeks without the captain as opposed to the “indefinite” absence announced on Friday, said: “I don’t know. I don’t even know what day it is.”
Case 2 (my biggest pet peeve): Daniel Paille – “Mild Concussion”;
Paille did not accompany the team to Columbus, Ohio, yesterday, remaining in Boston with a mild concussion, according to coach Claude Julien. Paille suffered the injury during the Bruins’ 2-0 loss to the Florida Panthers Thursday. Krystofer Barch was assessed a charging penalty on the play, but after seeing replays, Julien said he thought the check was clean.
Perhaps teams and players forget quickly, as Sidney Crosby was sidelined for 10, TEN, months with a “mild concussion”. Stop minimizing the injury and treat it correctly;
Hogwash! There is NOTHING mild about a concussion, period. However media, teams, players and even medical staffs continue to use this nomenclature with this injury. It is simply counterproductive to label this injury with a “mild” tag, and hampers the effort of everyone trying to increase awareness.
During my public speaking I often relate being “mildly” concussed to being “mildly” pregnant… You are either concussed or not, just like you are pregnant or not.