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Until today’s blog is up: New Puck Daddy piece – The Costs of Injury Can Be Steep


13 Responses to “Latest Puck Daddy Piece”
  1. Gokkem says:

    As an Alaska Aces fan I was there when you took that shot to the face – I can’t imagine not only the pain but the disappointment. How does an injury like that affect you when you return to the ice? Did you find yourself more hesitant to crash the net?

    PS: Your puck daddy comments are pretty amazing – I’ve never seen so many positive comments out of those readers.

  2. Derek says:

    “Pain is tolerable – it’s that mental side that takes its toll. It’s not just time lost, it’s opportunity cost. You only ask your body for so many good healthy years in a sport as fast and physical as hockey, and it can eat away at a guy watching his job being filled by a player who wasn’t considered to be competition, but now suddenly is. You can slide down the depth chart without ever seeing a shift.”

    This was an excellent paragraph and really hit home for me. Three separated shoulders, four concussions and a torn tendon in my foot basically put me out of junior hockey at 17. I spent a lot of time watching guys take my spot, those guys get scholarship offers, and me going nowhere from the age of 15 on. Those were all injuries that had no visible effects, so I got used to being called “soft” and a “band-aid.” That stuff takes a toll on you, and for a guy who needed to hit, fight, block shots, etc to play, it can have an effect on how you play the game.

  3. Minnesotagirl71 says:

    I’m amazed at how some people are complete morons in regards to how they treat people with non-visible injuries. Some guy who called into a radio show yesterday was saying Justin Morneau needed to “macho up” and get back into the game. Tried to compare Morneau’s traumatic brain injury/post concussive syndrome to Percy Harvin’s migraines which caused him to pass out, but he was recovered and back in the game the following week.

    It’s horrible that athletes are feeling distanced from their team, can’t do what they love, are losing time and opportuntiy, are probably in pain and then people call them “soft” – or much worse I’m sure.

    Great writing, JB! Made an emotional impact – not something many sports writers can accomplish.

  4. Griff says:

    Any time you can quote Too Short you pretty much have to do it right? I’ve really enjoyed your writing the last year-plus keep up the good work.

  5. Karen From Rochester says:

    Justin, this may be a dumb question, so forgive me. I didn’t hang out with the athletes at college, I was (by necessity) with the geek engineers. When you are a student-athlete and you have an injury like yours, do you still have to go to class? And if so, was it hard to concentrate, were the professors understanding or were they jerks? It’s something I’ve been curious about for a while.

  6. St. Cloud Gopher says:

    Minnesotagirl71: I heard that as well. I was actually surprised to hear Common stand up for Morneau. Rosen is, well, Rosen, and his stance was expected. I tried to call in to speak my mind on the opposite side, but never got on. So, I can do it here…

    There is nothing worse than a non-obvious injury. In HS, I endured 5 concussions in 3 years. Each successive one left me even worse off. After the first, I felt great in about two weeks. After the last it took — not kidding — about 9 months. There was literally nothing I could do about it. The docs gave me Zomig, which is pretty much what JB described in the second paragraph. It never really took away my PCS/migraines, but I really didn’t care. I was a zombie.

    That caller, and the like-minded people that think and act “macho”, can seriously kiss my ass. Even tonight, watching Texas A&M/Okla State, I saw a kid get concussed. My first thought: “I hope it’s his first,” because even 10 years after my last, I still get randomly dizzy. My memory will short circuit every now-and-again. Though the migraines have subsided from 4-5 a week to once every few months, I know that they’ll probably affect that kid forever.

  7. Minnesotagirl71 says:

    St. Cloud Gopher – and that caller said he was a nurse! Bullshit! A nurse who doesn’t understand the difference between a migraine and PCS? A nurse who says “macho up” and get on the field. Ridiculous.

    My husband had a TBI this spring (his first and hopefully last). The docs scared the hell out of me saying it could be days, weeks or months before he was fully recovered. We had a few days of what felt like “50 first dates” where he’d wake up every few hours and have no idea where he was or why he hurt so badly. By the grace of God and the staff at Regions Hospital he recovered fully and pretty quickly once he quit taking the narcotics – yep zombie like while on those things.

    Now I see hard hits in any sport and I cringe and also hope that each concussion is their first and last. People who say suck it up and play through the injury must have never had a loved one get an injury like that.

  8. Minnesotagirl71 says:

    JB – just saw your tweet. I’m headed to Finland on Saturday…to watch what is shaping up to be a dismal team..but I’ll enjoy a week in Finland regardless!

  9. Karen From Rochester says:

    Minnesota girl-niiicee going to finland! cool. have fun and I wish in the future I could take a trip like that! But my Sabres only go to “hockeyville”. : O )

  10. Steve C. says:

    ..your PD commentors must be on Percoset too.

  11. Frank says:

    Justin, a terrific article that I think hits home with any kind of athlete who gets injured. How many of us have friendships that are mainly built on time playing sports together? It’s funny how you see those things when you are sidelined with an injury for several weeks/months.

  12. Sherry says:

    I see you’ve read the Bill Simmons piece on Vick piece – I had to write him and say I couldn’t agree more (I don’t usually read him, but was intrigued by the subject).

    Even though I cried as I wrote to him about my Dooze and Rufus (Gromit anf Farley – he could have been writing about my dogs) who both died over two years ago, and even though as I told him, I “hated Vick with white hot intensity” when his dog fighting connection was found – I believe that Vick deserves a chance at redemption, and am not only willing to give him that chance, but rooting for him on Sundays too.

    It’s just too easy to hate Vick and condmen his past actions resolutely and forever, but all of the things that Simmons brought up have to be considered – I think the cultural, socio-economic factors being the most important. The old saying of not knowing someone unless you’ve walked a mile in his shoes is a good one – and I know it to be true from my own experiences.

    Vick did his time, continues to work for the good of the very animals he once abused, and is making his case on the football field. I choose to forgive him, and fervently hope that he continues on a path that adds more the world than takes from it.

  13. JD from Jersey says:

    I went through the “injured player” lifestyle last year. First practice of my senior year of college and I tore my ACL/MCL and you couldn’t be more spot on with your description. Not only did I get stuck with the other injured guys( i.e. pulled groin or only-god-knows-what’s-hurt-today) but sitting in the stands “not looking injured” had to be the worst part. The mental part of the injury and its recovery sometimes is as bad as the injury itself, in terms of depression and when I get back on the ice, how will my knee hold up and physical play. Good read, keep ‘em coming.

    P.S.- Me and a few guys on the squad started reading your blog when you first got started and it became the topic for quite a few locker room discussions. Since then, everyone on the team has been hooked!

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