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#1 vancanfan

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:03 PM

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The Penguins have fired their longtime team physician, Dr. Charles Burke.
Burke, 57, who oversaw center Sidney Crosby’s concussion treatment and Mario Lemieux’s career-long back problems, told the Tribune-Review he was informed July 10 that he and the team’s medical staff were being dismissed.
The team broke the news to him during its prospect camp at Consol Energy Center, Burke said.
The Penguins are replacing their medical team as part of a proposed move by 2014 to a hockey facility in Cranberry that will be in conjunction with UPMC, sources told the Tribune-Review.
The Penguins will use UPMC specialists to oversee medical treatment of personnel next season. There will not be one head team physician, but the Penguins will be only the second NHL team to have a physician traveling with them for every road game.
The arrangement between the team and medical provider is similar to the one the Steelers have with UPMC at their South Side practice facility. Under the proposal, the Penguins would have in-building access to UPMC equipment and medical personnel — and the facility will have specified training and treatment centers that are overseen by UPMC.
The Penguins and UPMC are awaiting approval from Cranberry officials to move forward with their plans.
Burke, an orthopedic surgeon, served as Penguins head physician since the 1988. He was also on the team’s medical staff from 1983-86.
In addition to Burke, EMS workers and vision and dental specialists who worked for the Penguins also were dismissed.
Burke twice cleared Crosby to return to play last season, but Crosby has played in only 63 regular-season games dating to January 2011, when he suffered his concussion.
Crosby sought the outside opinion of several other concussion specialists during his treatment, including physicians in California and Philadelphia.


This is a first, never heard of a team doing this before.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:12 PM

I think this was pretty much what they needed to do...I mean how could they diagnosed Crosby's injury as a concussion wrongly TWICE...and to find out a year later that the problems were coming from his neck area (i think?) and not solely from concussion symptoms...

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:13 PM

They had a pretty bad medical team.....

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:20 PM

Wait a minute, didn't our med team misdiagnosed Coho ... in our case, Coho got shipped out instead.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:23 PM

I wouldn't mind firing our medical staff. For real. Watching our trainers letting Mason Raymond walk off of the ice with a broken back still makes me sick.

Edited by The Brahma Bull, 19 July 2012 - 10:24 PM.



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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:25 PM

Yah our medical team looked pretty stupid after Coho, but A.V. looked worst after being so hard on him when he was injured. Why did A.V. get an extension?

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:30 PM

Lol once again a thread somehow turned into a Canucks discussion, so vain.

This was the right move. I mean they misdiagnosed their captain and star player multiple times. Start fresh and buy some new medical equipment if needed Mr. Lemieux.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:35 PM

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:42 PM

Fire da Canuckz medikal staff, den wheel win da cup!!

Go CaNuckz!!

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:46 PM

Wait a minute, didn't our med team misdiagnosed Coho ... in our case, Coho got shipped out instead.

AV liked them better, as he felt that they were more of a "fringe" medical staff and therefor had a soft spot for them in his cold cold heart

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 10:48 PM

Fire da Canuckz medikal staff, den wheel win da cup!!

Go CaNuckz!!


LOLOLOL - even funnier, Brahma Bull said to fire them :lol: ( no offense) ....we got the best med staff in the league and internationally..our staff was used for team Canada men's hockey in 2010..

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 01:07 AM

One has to wonder how Sidney Crosby's health would have been managed by a different, more competent medical staff. Hopefully, his career and longevity have not been compromised by their failure to diagnose and treat him properly.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 01:37 AM

If Ron Delorme still has a job with the Canucks there is no chance of the medical staff being fired.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 08:26 AM

LOLOLOL - even funnier, Brahma Bull said to fire them :lol: ( no offense) ....we got the best med staff in the league and internationally..our staff was used for team Canada men's hockey in 2010..


They may have been used for team Canada men's hockey in 2010 because the olympics were in Vancouver, and so were they. Not saying they aren't good, but like was stated earlier, not taking Raymond off on a stretcher was a big mistake that hopefully they won't make again.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 10:10 AM

I wouldn't mind firing our medical staff. For real. Watching our trainers letting Mason Raymond walk off of the ice with a broken back still makes me sick.


I thought it was the sick Boston people who refused to give us a stretcher cause they thought Raymond was faking it.

 

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 01:17 PM

The Penguins today named Christopher Harner, president of the American Orthepaedic Society for Sports Medicine, as the team's new head team physician.
He succeeds Charles "Chip" Burke, who was with the team for 24 years.
Although Burke had come under criticism in relation to star center Sidney Crosby's medical treatment for a concussion and neck injury, the Penguins said in a statement that the switch is "part of an overall restructuring of the Penguins' medical program -- a transition spurred by the recent announcement of the new UPMC performance training center and practice rink in Cranberry."
That facility is scheduled to open in 2014 and players will have access there to UPMC doctors in more than 15 specialties.
Harner or one of two others now on the team staff -- associate team physician Tanya Hagen and assistant team physician Dharmesh Vyas -- will travel to all Penguins road games.
In November, Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was deemed OK by Canadiens medical staff to return to a game in Montreal after taking a hit to the head. Letang scored the winning goal in overtime, but subsequently was diagnosed with a concussion.
Harner is one of the founders of the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine.
"We also would like to thank Dr. Charles Burke, who has been such an integral part of the Penguins' medical team over the past 24 years," Penguins president and chief executive officer David Morehouse said in the team's statement. "We appreciate all the outstanding services provided by Dr. Burke and his team of specialists and wish them the best in the future."


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Posted 20 July 2012 - 11:00 PM

I wouldn't mind firing our medical staff. For real. Watching our trainers letting Mason Raymond walk off of the ice with a broken back still makes me sick.

Agreed. That could have turned out disastrous. Always err on the side of caution - that would be my approach.

I think this move by the Pens has less to do with the medical team's handling of Crosby and more to do with the Pens new deal with UPMC.
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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:05 AM

Fire da Canuckz medikal staff, den wheel win da cup!!

Go CaNuckz!!

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Posted 21 July 2012 - 09:17 AM

But but but Pitts fired their medical staff! Why can't we!?

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Posted 22 July 2012 - 07:52 PM

They had a pretty bad medical team.....


Ya since you know so much about medicine and health you are allowed to judge their profesional staff.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 10:54 AM

Better question, has this ever happened before?

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Posted 29 July 2012 - 04:30 PM

idk much about the pens but based on the length of crosbys absence, it was probably a good idea...
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Posted 29 July 2012 - 04:35 PM

Yah our medical team looked pretty stupid after Coho, but A.V. looked worst after being so hard on him when he was injured. Why did A.V. get an extension?


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Posted 29 July 2012 - 09:15 PM

Starting from Mike Berstein, we have the best medical staff in the league
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Posted 30 July 2012 - 08:35 AM

Yah our medical team looked pretty stupid after Coho, but A.V. looked worst after being so hard on him when he was injured. Why did A.V. get an extension?


Because the coach listens to the doctors, of the doctors say he's fine, AV believes that's the case; exactly how he should be.

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:32 AM

If Ron Delorme still has a job with the Canucks there is no chance of the medical staff being fired.


Burrows, Hansen, Edler, Ohlund, Kesler, Coho (while he was a Canuck)

Turned out pretty good.

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 02:47 AM

Nearly impossible for us to judge the medical staff unless they have some major blunder like Crosby. You can point to things like Kesler coming back too soon, but at the same time that is something that could arguably happen to any sports medical team, as far as we know. Unless any of us are sports doctors, we really actually have no idea how good our medical team is in comparison to the rest of the leagues teams.




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