Nhl’s Sidney Crosby No Timeline
September 7, 2011 by staff
That was the announcement at a news conference in Pittsburgh today. The striker, who has not played since January 05 due to a concussion, skated on the ice at the Center for Consol Energy.
“I expect Crosby to return to play hockey and in the future,” said Michael Collins, director of UPMC sports medicine concussion program, adding that there is no timeline on the return of Crosby.
Despite the difficulties faced in the last eight months, never thought about retiring Crosby.
“Retirement? No. I’ve always thought about the consequences of this injury … That said, I never thought about it,” he said.
The striker added that it was more “likely than not” that he would return at some point this season.
Collins first saw Crosby January 6. Crosby said he was “fog” in that first meeting. He suffered from headaches, light sensitivity, sensitivity to noise and had trouble thinking.
Crosby said that when he was at his worst he no longer enjoyed driving and was found watching television or listening to the radio hard. Even watching the video with the team was demanding on your system. Suffering from migraines.
You have a couple of good days and bad days. It is difficult to predict. Just get in the correct position to heal, “he said.
“It’s a hard thing to go well and trust me I would love an answer to myself sometimes when I was going through that, but is not as easy as that… It’s a roller coaster.”
Collins said the symptoms suffered by Crosby stated that recovery could take some time. Crosby first hit the ice in March, but suffered setbacks following month.
“When you get to 80-90 percent, the symptoms began to return, so he backed out.”
Crosby said he was tired and her body said. “I did not respond the right way,” he said.
“We are seeing significant improvements lately,” Collins said, but declined to say whether Crosby would be willing to play for the October 6, when the Penguins play their first game of the 2011-12 season.
Crosby and Penguins GM Ray Shero dismissed a question about whether Crosby may still be the team captain, but not playing.
“From the standpoint of the team, no replacement of Sidney Crosby,” Shero said.
Shero said Crosby was present at the press box during the progress of the team in the playoffs, but admitted that it was better on the ice for the team.
“It’s definitely a better player than coach.”
“I think you can bring in lots of different ways,” said Crosby.
Contact is not part of Crosby training regime, however, and no timetable to introduce into their workouts. The Penguins open training camp Sept. 17.
Crosby is not the first player to be sidelined for an extended period of time due to the symptoms of a concussion. Last month, the Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced that Marc Savard would not be playing at all this season due to post-concussion symptoms. You can never return to the game.
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