Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sidney Crosby Cleared for Contact

Sidney Crosby has recently been cleared for contact in practice by the Penguin's medical staff. However, there is no timetable for his return to the NHL.

Crosby revealed that he had been symptom free for a few days but he reminded reporters that practice with contact was the first step and he still has a long way to go before returning to the Penguins.

“I just want to make sure I get through these days fine and that would be a great decision to make if I get to that point,” Crosby added.

He mused about his return on Sunday but he didn't guarantee it because it would be "total guesswork."

The NHL superstar has only played 8 games this season, but recorded 12 points, including 4 points in his first game. Getting Crosby back for the postseason would boost and help the Penguins a lot and make them favourites to win the Cup.

In the past 15 months, Crosby's career has been jeopardized because of multiple concussions and Post Concussion Syndrome, the first one happening in January 2011 during the 2011 Winter Classic. He returned on November 21 and played for 8 games before that fateful night where he got elbowed by David Krejci and his own teammate Chris Kunitz. The Penguins initially thought he wouldn't be out for long but it has been 3 months since then.

Crosby has been looking for other injuries that might have induced the symptoms and while in Los Angeles, the doctors found a soft tissue neck problem which they resolved and Crosby said that he felt better.

“The neck stuff certainly helped,” Crosby said. “With this stuff, it’s always trial and error. There’s no specific treatment that everybody knows is going to work, but you try to do what’s related to what you feel. I definitely felt like I saw some improvement in my neck, with getting that loose. Was it everything? I don’t know. But it certainly helped, so that’s something I’ll continue to do and stay on.”

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