An absolutely stunning report from the Canadian Press is painting a scary picture for Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.
An extremely well-respect neurosurgeon out of Canada, one who has both received the Order of Canada and is a member of both the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and Terry Fox Hall of Fame, believes that if Crosby were an amateur player at this stage of his career, he would be advised to walk away from the game.
Neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Tator says when someone has suffered multiple concussions, the chance of having persisting symptoms "goes up terrifically."
Tator says a concern for Crosby to consider at this point is the likelihood of a full recovery, since the chances of that go down as the number of concussions goes up.
He also says the fact that Crosby needed almost a year to recover from a concussion in early 2011 means there was a significant, residual effect on his brain. Tator adds that if Crosby were an amateur, he would probably be advised to quit the sport.
We have no doubt that Crosby has his own set of doctors giving him solid medical advice, but when you consider just how much he means to the game it's a damning analysis from Dr. Tator. Whether you love him, hate him, or are indifferent to him, there's no doubt that losing a player like Sidney Crosby would be detrimental to the game of hockey.