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A step in the right direction: Sidney Crosby cleared to begin off-ice workouts

Jun 2, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby AP

People who thought the 2011 playoffs would go buzz-free in Sidney Crosby‘s absence have been regularly proven wrong, with the outstanding ratings from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals being the most recent rebuttal. That being said, it would still be disturbing if the Pittsburgh Penguins star’s concussions symptoms force him to miss a big chunk of the 2011-12 season.

While a full-fledged return in time for training camp is still very much in question, Crosby took a promising next step in his recovery process. The Associated Press reports that Crosby has been cleared for off-ice workouts as part of his summer regimen.

It’s been an up-and-down road for Crosby since he played his last game against the Tampa Bay Lighnting on January 5. There were some hopes that he might have been able to make an appearance in the 2011 playoffs, but another wave of concussion symptoms washed those dreams away.

The AP report expands a bit on his next steps.

Crosby will work out with a personal trainer for the next 2-3 weeks in Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia, according to Penguins general manager Ray Shero, and will be monitored by Dr. Michael Collins of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

“Everything will be closely managed by Dr. Collins,” Shero said, “in terms of his progression leading up to him getting on the ice later in the summer per his usual routine.”

There’s still a long way to go before training camp begins in September, so we’ll keep you informed about his rehab process from often-unpredictable concussion symptoms.

  1. jpelle82 - Jun 2, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    he had 32 goals in 41 games. was on pace for 60. tied vanek, toews, ovechkin, nash, couture for goals and they all played 79 or 80 games. for him to miss time next year would be a tragedy.

    • m1k3g - Jun 2, 2011 at 6:44 PM

      It constantly amazes me every time someone says ‘he’s not that good’.

      I can only wonder if they ever watch him play.

  2. acmontgomery - Jun 2, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    This is TERRIFIC news! We hope that everyone (media) gives him the space and and privacy that he really needs to heal at his own pace. We’re third generation Canadiens fans but Crosby adds SO much to the game both on and off the ice.

    With the extensive research and news coming to light about the severity of concussions, and their short and long term damage, there needs to be a major shift in the thinking of the officials as well as the coaches and players of all ages. Our daughter is a 7-year old goalie and she and her teammates are already getting the message: avoid the injury with best training and equipment because it’s a potentially career-ending/life-altering injury and that it needs the proper respect and care for recovery if the worst happens.

    VERY glad that Eric Lindros and others have been so forthright about the old attitudes (“shake it off”) vs. the new understanding (“it’s an assaut on the brain”). The excellent cover story in Macleans magazine two weeks ago is a really good read at:

    • hystoracle - Jun 3, 2011 at 10:29 AM

      I’m sure he will nervous until he gets through that first body check without any problems.

      It would be sad to see such a great player have to cut their career short because of concussion problems. Hopefully, he will be in there next year so the bolts can beat him on the scoreboard. Hate to have him play against my team but he is a great guy to watch on the ice.

      • acmontgomery - Jun 3, 2011 at 1:11 PM

        hystoracle: I hear you.

        Even when he’s playing against “your” team he’s still mesmerizing with the puck.

        I’ve been known to watch him score a goal against us, start the half cheer, “Wow! That was amaz….” and then remember that I’m wearing a red jersey and that my goalie kid is shooting daggers at me because he had scored against Halak, or Price.

        (She shows her true colours in other ways though: she’s got the Olympic “Golden Goal” poster on her wall too!)

        Hockey, what a game!

  3. govtminion - Jun 3, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Not a minute too soon. Get well soon, Sid.

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