Calling the Bluff: Savard Post Concussion Syndrome
posted at 9/20/2010 8:20 PM EDT
As a prospective Med School Student i would like to offer my insight and opinion on Savard's current condition. Although i'm in school to become a surgeon i am not a doctor nor pretend to be one, at this time. That being said, i have done my fair share of neurological case studies that include patients with brain trauma or chronic metabolic cellular condition.
At least 40% of my studies dealt with patients that had suffered some level form of a concussion. I can also relate to this because i suffer from post-concussion symptoms (3rd-degree) as well, similar to that of what Patrice Bergeron suffered.
The symptoms are pretty much standard and in most cases easy to detect and physically visible. The common symptoms are as followed:
Sensitivity to Light
Headache (Usually in form of a Migraine)
Lost of equilibrium
Obviously, each patient is different and may respond to such trauma differently. While recovering from a concussion doctors recommend no physical activities because it can trigger the symptoms mentioned above. Usually, rest with light walking (10-15min) is the primary form to deal with this condition early on. Physical activity would then increase in terms of your heart-rate. For example:
4-6 walk (10-15min)
7-9 treadmill (HR target of 120) (*if capable)
10-11 treadmill (HR target of 135-140)
12-14 treadmill (HR Target 150-160)
*weeks 7-14 should be symptom free.
This observation brings me to the Marc Savard situation. The timing of his diagnosis is very suspicious. It has been noted that Savard successfully was able to complete physical demands during his off-season conditioning without restrictions, in which ironically enough did not have any symptoms. As early as one month ago Savard played golf with Peter Chiarelli and said he was feeling healtht and in good spirits and wanted to get the season started. Now, as i carefully dissect this i have come to the conclusion that this may be a smoke-screen ("may be" not "is"). I truly believe is a planned scheme to repair a "broken-bridge" between the organization and Savard in order to have a smooth "get-away". It would not surprise me at all if Savard is still dealt before he comes back, something is strange here.
However, i am not saying that you cannot suffer symptoms out of the blue but just pointing out that it is highly unlikely to get them when your sitting on your couch in Ontario watching Curling on TSN.
Anyways, this was my perspective to the whole situation. Take it for what it's worth.