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11-25-2012, 04:21 PM
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SaintPatrick33
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Originally Posted by tarheelhockey View Post
When the playoffs were on the line, Forsberg would go out there and skate through intense pain until his ankle was simply not capable of supporting his weight. We would like to think the majority of hockey players would do the same, because a wonky ankle is a small price to pay for immortality.

That doesn't compare to a concussion, where the standard is now that the player must be symptom-free before he's allowed to practice. It doesn't matter whether Sid wants to play or whether he is capable of playing. As long as his brain shows signs of damage, a phalanx of doctors, lawyers and insurance agents is going to ensure that he doesn't even get his feet inside a pair of skates.

So no, an injury is not an injury. Concussions are a different animal.
Did Forsberg play in the finals against New Jersey in '01? Nope, he was injured and didn't play. It isn't a matter of whether he WANTED to play or not, the bottom line is he DIDN'T play because he was hurt. This isn't a case of someone being in a freak car accident and missing games. It's a matter of being hurt as a result of playing and missing a bunch of games because of it. That's the bottom line: He was prone to getting hurt and missed a bunch of games because he was prone to getting hurt. If a player gets concussions every time someone sneezes harshly in his general direction then yeah, he should be considered injury prone.

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