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    Crosby feels effects of first concussion

    By Rob Rossi, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Saturday, January 8, 2011

    Sidney Crosby often plays with surgical precision, but the NHL's scoring leader is no physician.

    However, even the best doctors struggle to quickly diagnose concussions.
    Crosby, the Penguins' cornerstone center, is dealing with his first professional concussion diagnosed after he twice absorbed hard hits over the past week.

    A leading neurological expert said symptoms of brain trauma "can be elusive."
    "We've learned a lot about concussions, more in the last decade than ever before, and the one thing we can say for sure is that manifestations of concussions may not be immediate," said Dr. Julian Bailes, board chairman and professor of neurosurgery at West Virginia University's School of Medicine.

    [IMGL]http://files.pittsburghlive.com/photos/2011-01-07/crosby-a.jpg[/IMGL] Crosby's concussion is mild according to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, who said Thursday night that Crosby could miss "about a week."

    The injury was diagnosed Thursday night by team doctors after Crosby returned to Pittsburgh from Montreal on a charter plane that afternoon. Bailes said riding in a pressurized cabin posed no additional threat to an unknowingly concussed Crosby.

    He accompanied the Penguins to Montreal late Wednesday night after an 8-1 victory against Tampa Bay at Consol Energy Center. Late in the second period of that game he was driven from behind into the boards by Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman.

    Crosby played only six shifts after that hit, and he felt upper-body soreness after the game.

    Five days prior he was caught in the head by a blind-side collision with Washington left wing David Steckel late in the second period of the Winter Classic at Heinz Field last Saturday night.

    Both hits on Crosby were reviewed by the NHL, and neither drew punishment in the form of fine or suspension.

    Bylsma repeatedly said Thursday that Steckel's hit did not concuss Crosby, adding that Crosby was cleared by team doctors before returning to practice Monday.

    Bailes said the nature of Hedman's hit, which drove Crosby hard into the boards, could have caused a "whiplash-mechanism" concussion.

    "That's unusual, but it's well-documented and it can happen," Bailes said.

    The Penguins did not practice Friday. Bylsma and general manager Ray Shero declined comment regarding Crosby's status.

    Crosby is expected to speak this morning after a practice at Consol Energy Center.
    He cannot return to game action until Penguins physicians adjudge him to be completely free of concussion symptoms, according to a joint policy by the NHL and its Players Association.

    Bailes, who has worked with the NFL and NCAA, identified typical concussion symptoms as confusion, amnesia or memory loss, difficulty concentrating and dizziness.

    As of Dec. 1, 33 NHL players had been concussed this season.
    Concussions were so much of a problem last season that the NHL instituted a so-called head-shot rule late in the season after Boston center Marc Savard was concussed by a hit from Penguins left wing Matt Cooke.

    Dr. Ruben Echemendia, a former Penn State psychological clinic director, is chairman of a joint concussion working group by the NHL and NHLPA. During a national conference call with reporters Dec. 3, he said a player's history of injury is significant regarding how concussions impact the brain.

    He added the most common fallacy about concussions in hockey is that they are "minor injuries that should not be taken seriously, something that we can play through."

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    Not too happy here that no-talent cheap-shot goons like Washington's David Steckel and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman are taking gratuitous blind side hits on the game's most talented player.

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    Not too happy here that no-talent cheap-shot goons like Washington's David Steckel and Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman are taking gratuitous blind side hits on the game's most talented player.
    Not only that but the leagues most profitable player on the leagues most marketable and profitable team gets the leagues front offices to ignore obvious suspensions of 3rd line hacks. This is why the NHL is still on Versus. Until they learn how to protect their assets the league will have issues
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