Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog: We need to talk about concussions

Landeskog suffered a nasty concussion in January 2013.

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Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog stressed the need to take time to recover from concussions. (Lisa Gansky/Flickr)

Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog stressed the need to take time to recover from concussions. (Lisa Gansky/Flickr)

Concussions in sports are scary. It seems like most athletes and fans are starting to realize this. The 2013 book and documentary “League of Denial” made a major impact in helping people understand the severity of repeated blows to the head in football.

Concussions occur in other sports, too, though.

Tuesday morning, Colorado Avalanche left winger Gabriel Landeskog detailed his experience with a particularly nasty concussion he sustained against the San Jose Sharks in January 2013. In an article published by The Players’ Tribune, Landeskog stressed the need for athletes to take concussions seriously when they occur. Seek out the proper treatment. Take the necessary time to recover.

“The reason I am writing this article is not to dwell on the dangers of playing hockey,” Landeskog says. “In fact, quite the opposite. I want kids and parents to understand the complexity of postconcussion syndrome while also understanding that if you take the injury seriously and allow yourself the proper time to heal, you can overcome it.”

It took the Colorado Avalanche captain two months to return to the ice. Landeskog said the time off was worth it. Since that concussion-shortened 2012-13 season, he’s had three straight years with 53 points or more.

You can check out the full article here.