Sunday, June 10, 2012
Migraine Awareness Month #10: Name the Spokesperson
I have to go down the sports path. I have been in contact with a lot of idiot coaches who feign to understand all of this ‘head’ stuff. I think they need to keep getting knocked by professional athletes who seem to truly get it.
My choice is Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. He is one of the best hockey players in the NHL and was taken out of play for an extended period of time due to a concussion.
Crosby received his concussion in January 2011 and did not return for the rest of that season and actually didn’t end up returning until late the following season. After playing in his first seven games, some of his concussion symptoms returned so he took himself out again until he was completely symptom free again.
To give you an idea of his hockey worth around this time, he set an NHL record during the season he was taken out for having the most points for an NHL team in the fewest amount of games played. He also scored the winning goal in the 2010 Olympics in overtime to give Canada the gold medal win. He truly understands the value of making sure your head is completely healed from its injury before returning to play.
Sidney Crosby had been through the battles of a lot of people giving him pressure to return to play when he knew what he needed to do for his health. I think Sidney Crosby would be a great spokesperson for concussions.
National Migraine Awareness Month is initiated by National Headache Foundation. The Blogger's Challenge is initiated by www.FightingHeadacheDisorders.com.