Posts Tagged ‘Concussion’

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“It’s been an interesting few months for me to say the least.”

That’s how Buffalo Sabres winger Kyle Okposo began an open letter posted on the team’s website in which he thanked all those who reached out during his time away from the ice and shed some light on the illness that forced him to be hospitalized and miss the end of the regular season.

It all started, Okposo explained, with a hard bump from a routine hit in practice, and climaxed following a game against the Florida Panthers on March 27, his last of the season.

Okposo had been losing sleep, and, after being removed from the lineup for a game the next night due to a lack of appetite, went to the hospital with the hope that doctors could help him get some rest.

He was given sleep medication that caused a negative reaction – including continued lack of sleep and rapid weight loss – and was later admitted to the Neuro Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Buffalo General in order to be stabilized.

After prioritizing time with family following his release, he’s now on the road back to the Sabres’ lineup, beginning with a stint in this summer’s Da Beauty League.

I’ve worked with a lot of different people – concussion experts and people who have dealt with concussions themselves – and I feel confident in the fact that I can play hockey again. In fact, I know I can play again.

I know I can play and not worry about hitting my head, which is a major hurdle for someone who’s dealt with this. If I didn’t feel 100 percent right now, that probably wouldn’t be the case.

Okposo added he feels great after playing in the Minnesota-based summer league, and can’t wait to get back to Buffalo to begin preparing for the team’s first season under new general manager Jason Botterill and new head coach Phil Housley.

The whole ordeal, however, has changed his outlook on his place in the game.

Dealing with an injury like this can change your perspective on life. It makes you evaluate what’s truly important. Hockey, of course, is extremely important to me. It’s my job, and it’s what I’ve done my whole life. But in saying that, I also don’t want hockey to define me as a person. I want to be somebody who is known as a good person first and foremost.

Okposo has six years remaining on his contract with the Sabres, and will carry a salary cap hit of $6 million through to the end of 2022-23.

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NHL: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) Sidney Crosby said Wednesday he did not pay attention to those questioning whether he should continue playing hockey after suffering another concussion during the playoffs.

Crosby was too focused on capturing another Stanley Cup for his Pittsburgh Penguins to worry about outside opinions on his health.

”I don’t really read or listen to that stuff during the playoffs,” Crosby told reporters at his annual hockey camp in his hometown of Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia.

Crosby has suffered multiple concussions during his career, including one during Game 3 of the second round against Washington in May. He missed one game before returning for Game 5, prompting questions about whether he should consider retirement.

The Penguins went on to win a second straight Cup, defeating the Nashville Predators in the final.

Crosby said he understands why concussions generate so much controversy.

”It’s a hot topic,” he said. ”That’s the nature of it right now.”

He said more information on how to deal with head injuries is becoming available all the time.

”You have to continue to listen to your body to make sure before you go back that you’re good to go,” he said. ”There’s things in place to help with that.”

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finally addressed his wife’s claim that he suffered a concussion during the 2016 season.

During an interview on “CBS This Morning” that aired on May 17, Gisele Bundchen said Brady suffered a concussion during the 2016 campaign but played through it. Bundchen’s comments were considered controversial in large part due to the fact that the Patriots never listed Brady with a concussion on the team’s injury report.

Brady, however, was listed on the report several times with knee and thigh ailments.

The Patriots’ superstar spoke to ESPN’s “E:60” Sunday about the concussion claim, but avoided explicitly mentioning whether he indeed suffered the injury.

“She’s there every day. I mean, we go to bed in the same bed every night, so I think she knows when I’m sore, she knows when I’m tired, she knows when I get hit. We drive home together (from games). But, she also knows how well I take care of myself. She’s a very concerned wife and very loving,” Brady said, via John Breech of CBS Sports.

Despite Bundchen’s concerns about Brady’s long-term health, the quarterback says she supports his desire to play well into his mid-forties.

“She’ll support me as long as I continue to want to play,” Brady said. “She’s like my mom, the two of them together sitting next to each other in the suite watching me get hit all day, I’m sure it’s not fun, but they know how well I take care of myself, too.”

It may never be known whether Brady suffered a concussion, but it remains clear that the quarterback is undeterred by the perils of professional football and aims to lead the Patriots well into the next decade, with a host of teams looking to dethrone the reigning champions.

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Dr. Bennet Omalu, who inspired the 2015 Will Smith film “Concussion,” praised Gisele Bundchen after she revealed Tuesday that her husband, Tom Brady, suffered a concussion in 2016.

“I believe it is something angelic to speak up,” Omalu told TMZ. “She’s an angel. An angel of truth and an angel of love. … The truth will always prevail. We should not be afraid of the truth because of the inconvenience of the truth. But when we embrace the truth, just like Gisele has done, the truth is empowering, is enlightening, and is vindicating. … So, (Gisele) is my hero.”

The NFL said there are no records of Brady sustaining a concussion or a head injury last season. However, neither Brady or the New England Patriots have commented on Bundchen’s claim.

The 39-year-old quarterback hasn’t been listed on the injury report with a concussion dating back to 2004, when data first became available.

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Sidney Crosby spoke to the media for the first time Friday following the cross-check from Matt Niskanen that resulted in a concussion.

“It’s hard to say,” Crosby told TSN’s Mark Masters. “I’m not going to sit here and guess, but it’s not one that happens often.”

By “guess,” Crosby is likely referring to the widespread debate as to whether Niskanen intentionally cross-checked Crosby in the face during Game 3, or whether it was an accident. Unsurprisingly, Crosby didn’t offer his opinion.

Alex Ovechkin‘s slash, which happened seconds before Niskanen’s cross-check, has also been a topic of discussion. Crosby was fairly forgiving of his rival.

“The slash, he’s trying to prevent a goal,” Crosby told Masters. “That’s a pretty common play for the most part.”

Crosby’s Penguins will have a chance to eliminate the Capitals in Game 5 on Saturday in Washington, though No. 87’s status remains up in the air after missing Wednesday’s Game 4.

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Carolina Hurricanes netminder Eddie Lack has been diagnosed with a concussion, the team announced Tuesday.

The 28-year-old missed Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning with what the team called an illness, leaving equipment manager Jorge Alves to serve as Cam Ward‘s backup.

For Lack, this marks the second time this season he has been diagnosed with a concussion. He was placed on the injured reserve with his first on Nov. 10 and was not activated until Dec. 21.

In wake of the news, the Hurricanes have recalled goaltender Daniel Altshuller from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

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The Carolina Hurricanes will be without their No. 1 center for the time being.

Jordan Staal has been diagnosed with a concussion, general manager Ron Francis said, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer.

Staal’s recovery timeline isn’t yet known, but the club placed him on injured reserve Monday, calling up Phil Di Giuseppe from the AHL in a corresponding move.

The veteran forward suffered the injury during Sunday’s contest against the Florida Panthers, leaving the game after playing less than three minutes.

The concussion came with Staal in the midst of a seven-game pointless skid. In 21 contests this season, Staal has five goals and nine points to his name.