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Sidney Crosby And His Concussions

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Crosby’s latest concussion happened on Friday at practice. It wasn’t a big open-ice hit — those observers who were there noticed nothing — but of course we realize that it doesn’t have to be a Scott Stevens hit anymore. When two NHL players collide in a battle drill, or even during line rushes, the impact can be enough to bounce one’s brain off the inside of one’s skull.

So we are left to wonder: Did whatever happened to Crosby in that Friday practice have a worse effect because of his concussion history? And will the next one require incrementally less force, and less force, until contact sports are no longer an option for Sid?

Is it possible that Crosby and concussions become in 2016 what Bobby Orr and bad knees were in the 1970s? We surely hope not.

“They happen, in a lot of different sports,” Crosby said Tuesday, having skated alone and shot some pucks before the Penguins practiced as a team. “Guys have multiple concussions and they’re fine. You just have to treat them the right way, and make sure that they handle it right and that you’re honest.


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It wasn’t noticeable at practice because it happened at the Worlds.

Posted by Hootinani on 10/11/16 at 06:48 PM ET


Ohhh. Now you’ve done it!

How does the league plan maintain a fast game and keep concussions under control? They seem incompatible unless checking is decreased dramatically.

Posted by SlimChance on 10/11/16 at 07:38 PM ET


Is there really a way to “treat” concussions as Crosby says. I’m sure rest helps and meds might alleviate symptoms, but that really isn’t treatment.

Most research seems to side with the probability of concussions going way up when one has experienced one before.

Crosby should think long and hard about this. What does he truly have left to accomplish? What quality of life does he want after hockey? What really is the likelihood of him suffering irreparable damage?

Posted by evileye on 10/12/16 at 02:39 PM ET

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