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Crosby’s Injury Has No Easy Diagnosis

from Stephania Bell of ESPN,

So why is this injury, which sounds at once benign (soft tissue) and sinister (neck), so difficult to grasp? And why, if it isn’t particularly serious, is it proving to be such a hurdle for Crosby to overcome? The answers are simultaneously straightforward and complex.

Some athletic injuries are just easy to comprehend. Take, for instance, the hamstring strain. This is a classic example of a soft-tissue injury (a term typically used to refer to injury of a muscle, tendon or ligament). Hamstring strains can be mild or severe. At best, an athlete might describe nothing more than “tightness” or “pulling,” and would recover in a matter of days. In more serious cases, the athlete might feel a “pop” or experience a “tearing” sensation while collapsing in obvious pain. If the athlete was unable to return to play for multiple weeks—even months—after such an injury, it might be frustrating but most would understand. And it would not surprise anyone if the biggest concern was whether returning too soon could lead to reinjury.

But when the injury feels less familiar (as is the case with Crosby’s) and the soft-tissue injury is located in that no-man’s land of the neck (where there are very important things like the spinal cord, discs, nerves and vertebrae), it somehow casts a shadow of a far more serious condition.

The reality is that there are very reasonable comparisons between soft-tissue injuries in any part of the body. Just as a hamstring injury is a soft tissue injury of the thigh, an injury to the muscles, tendons or ligaments of the cervical spine is a soft tissue injury of the neck. Soft tissue, when damaged, bleeds to varying degrees, resulting in pain and inflammation in the injured area, whether it’s the thigh or the neck.

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The “drama” of this whole thing is getting old. If he has a soft tissue injury that is over a year old, it isn’t likley to heal. Either he can adjust and play or he will need to retire.

Posted by timbits on 02/09/12 at 03:08 AM ET

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well she has nothing to write about ! they used her discussing NFL Injuries. there is no NFL so now she wastes space writing about Sid’s injury.

ESPN is worthless

Posted by Evilpens on 02/09/12 at 10:21 AM ET

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I thought the article was excellent.  It explains in detail the nature of the injury in question and why it is so difficult to assess and heal.  Rarely in sports media do we receive such in depth discussion and explanation.

Posted by monkey from Praha, Česká republika on 02/09/12 at 10:30 AM ET

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Yeah, this was actually one of the few articles about this that wasn’t dramatic and took a real look at the injury itself. I actually feel like this is the article the mainstream hockey media needs to read because then the idiots in the Toronto media might stop writing the same old, stale, dramatic articles about Crosby’s injury.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 02/09/12 at 11:19 AM ET

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Very good article. Instead of the usual blather, it is an in depth explanation of an injury that anyone can grasp. Minus the hype.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 02/09/12 at 11:57 AM ET

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Crosby is injured?

Posted by awould on 02/09/12 at 12:27 PM ET

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Good read IMO.

Posted by RyanVM on 02/09/12 at 01:26 PM ET

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I thought the article was excellent.  It explains in detail the nature of the injury in question and why it is so difficult to assess and heal.  Rarely in sports media do we receive such in depth discussion and explanation.

Posted by monkey from here to Timbuktu on 02/09/12 at 08:30 AM ET

Concur.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 02/09/12 at 02:13 PM ET

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Edited by Paul.

Sorry, you crossed over my border with that one, comment deleted.

Posted by statelouis26 from Detroit, MI on 02/09/12 at 10:15 PM ET

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