Yesterday Paul Holmgren reported that, "Claude [Giroux] felt better this morning. He will be evaluated again tomorrow morning."
Well, today IS tomorrow morning. So here we sit, nervous as a virgin taking off a gal's top, waiting to hear the news about our league's leading scorer and his possible TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
Giroux's brain suffered a sudden jolt when teammate Wayne Simmonds' knee collided with the back of Claude's head during the 2nd period of Saturday evening's contest against the Tampa Bay Bolts. He left the ice immediately and did not return for the 3rd period.
We were promised that the decision to sit Giroux in the final 20-minutes of the game was all precautionary. And rightfully so. You do not want to test these sorts of injuries. And Philadelphia knows that all too well.
The word "concussion" comes from the ancient (and almost dead) Latin language, "concutere" which means "to shake violently."
Everyone's brain is surrounded by a fluid. This fluid is also encased in a protective skull (our heads). When someone experiences a concussion, it means their brain has experienced a degree of turbulence within its gushy, slimy, protective little house.
The brain is very fragile. We all know this. It's squishy and vulnerable to sudden, physical trauma. Now, we do not know if Giroux's suffered a concussion, but it was evident that he was in some pain. A blow to the noggin will hurt regardless.
However, for informative sake, let's cover the realms of possibility.
When a person endures a concussion, level of seriousness of the injury is split up into three categories;
- Grade 1 (mild): The symptoms last for 15-minutes or less. There is no loss of consciousness.
- Grade 2 (moderate): Symptoms last longer than 15-minutes, but there's still no loss of consciousness.
- Grade 3 (severe): Consciousness is lost, sometimes for a few seconds.
It's clear Giroux did not experience a Grade 3 concussion. He popped right up after the incident and skated to his bench.
Symptoms, on the other hand, are what the medical personnel were looking for:
- Confusion and feeling dazed
- Slurred speech
- Nausea & vomiting
- Sensitivity to noise and light
- Ringing in the ears (also a symptom of listening to Robin Williams)
- Change in behavior or personality (someone get Mel Gibson to the emergency room, stat!)
- Concentration difficulties, and...
- Memory loss
A doctor will test your everyday functioning motor skills controlled by your central nervous system. Coordination and reflexes are two key giveaways to determine what level of concussion you've sustained.
And the experts always recommend follow-up testing 24 hours - 72 hours after the injury occurred.
I imagine Claude will be sitting out for Tuesday's match up against the Capitals. Instead of dominating the frozen pond, Giroux will cautiously put himself under the care of a physician and his/her tests. Afterall, it is the "repeat concussion" that does the most damage.
Most mild concussions heal quickly if treated properly, and with the effective amount of time to recover. Successive TBI's lead to permanent brain damage along with many other nightmares that could become incurable.
Though this is no time to panic, it's certainly a time to take the proper precautionary steps. Of course this is all relative to how Giroux's medical meeting goes this morning. We've all taken a bump on the noodle, and we all turned out just fine! ---
.....maybe falling from that treehouse back in '94 did more damage than I thought