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Sidney Crosby’s agent: Crosby’s post-concussion symptoms returned during heavy workouts

Aug 26, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal AP

We’ve heard a lot about Sidney Crosby lately and with training camp coming up in just a few weeks we’re only going to hear more about whether or not he’ll be able to get back out on the ice sooner or later.

Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, did give an informative update about how he’s handling his workouts in preparation for a comeback to action on the ice. The word from Brisson is discouraging for Penguins and Crosby fans out there.

Matthew Sekeres and Dave McGinn from The Globe & Mail in Toronto get the update from Brisson.

Mr. Crosby’s agent surfaced late Wednesday night to say his client’s symptoms resurfaced at the 90-per-cent exertion level, which was an important clue to the status of his recovery for doctors who specialize in treating concussions. According to experts interviewed Thursday, Mr. Crosby’s inability to exercise symptom-free at the 90-per-cent exertion level could mean that he will have to start his comeback from square one, but it most certainly means that the Penguins superstar will have to back off his recovery with training camp less than one month away.

News like this is especially disappointing to hear given that it’s been more than eight months since Crosby’s been injured. While we’ve only heard a little bit from Sid himself and have stressed that it’s best to just let him do things at his own pace to get back on the ice, fans are going to be eager to see him back on the ice as soon as possible.

With Crosby having issues like this, however, it stresses how important it is for guys dealing with head injuries to be fully healthy before trying to come back to action. Picture what would happen if Crosby ignored these symptoms and said, “Screw it, the team needs me. I’m playing.” All it takes is another hit, even one that doesn’t appear to be one that targets the head (much like the hit by Victor Hedman that put him out of action) that can set everything back to square one and then extend how long it could be before he returns to action.

That’s a scenario the Penguins don’t want to face up to. It’s one that the NHL doesn’t want to see happen either. Putting the face of the franchise (and the league) in danger like that is not something anyone wants to see. For Crosby, let’s hope that he continues his comeback at his own pace and won’t feel stressed out by feeling the need to get back to action.

  1. capsrockva - Aug 26, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    As much as I personally can’t stand him, I hope he does what is best for him & the NHL as a whole, which in my opinion would be to just shut it down for the year and come back next season, not this one. I think it would be a big mistake if he comes back this season, because it could be his last if he gets hit like he did last season.

  2. toosano - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Personally can’t stand him? Do you personally know him?
    Too bad for Cosby. His career may well be over, thanks to NHL headhunters that couldn’t beat him with talent and had to resort to sucker shots.

    • jpelle82 - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:39 PM

      i’m a huge penguins and crosby fan but you cant possibly consider Steckel or Hedman as “headhunters” or the hits as “sucker shots”. neither have a reputation and you can’t find any angle that could warrant a suspension or even a penalty. just shit luck and he probably shouldnt have played after the steckel hit.

      • cannonblast14 - Aug 26, 2011 at 2:53 PM


      • stakex - Aug 26, 2011 at 5:15 PM

        Exactlly. Its nice to see a Penguins fan achknowledge that Hedman, and especially Steckel did not go out of their way to target Crosby. Steckel simply collided with him as both were watching the play and there was nothing all that bad about the Hedman hit, at least from a headshot/dirty perspective (it was from behind, though it was more a hug then a hit).

        Crosby is not an example of why the NHL needs to take care of headshots…. hes an example of the bad things that can happen when you play a contact sport, or when you have bad luck. To say he was headhunted is simply wrong, and down right ignorant.

    • capsrockva - Aug 26, 2011 at 2:30 PM

      There are a lot of Crosby haters out there. I just add myself to that. Hell, he scored the winning goal that beat the US in Vancouver

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Aug 26, 2011 at 8:30 PM

        And that’s why we love him!!

        I hated him as a player when he was a rookie, kid just couldn’t keep his mouth shut. Now that he and his game are maturing there’s no reason left to hate him. He’s otherworldly talented and I hope he gets better so he can rep Canada on the world stage for many more years

  3. hanktheking - Aug 26, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    As a NYR fan you obviously don’t want the guy to be helping that team win night in and night out like he does, but anyone who watches the NHL knows Sid the Kid is the face of this league, an immense talent and a great kid too. I really feel for him because you know how badly he wants to be out there an each time there is a setback he is probably emotionally crushed.

    • paulsdamnblog - Aug 26, 2011 at 5:24 PM

      Life long Flyers fan here. As much as I hate to say you’re right… This league needs guys like Sid, talent and personality to spare. He does a lot for the league, not just playing the hero in Pittsburgh, he plays the villian just about everywhere else. Playing the Pens. last year wasn’t the same without him, and Malkin.

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