Tampa Bay Lightning trainer Tommy Mulligan says Steven Stamkos' concussion is mild
The Tampa Bay Lightning's head medical trainer on Thursday characterized Steven Stamkos' concussion as "mild," and said the team has "no reason to believe this wil be a lingering issue."
Tommy Mulligan released this statement through the team:
"We are aware that Steven suffered a mild concussion while playing (Wednesday), but we are pleased that he is receiving excellent care from Team Canada's medical staff, and we have no reason t believe this will be a lingering issue. He already has made significant improvement, and we will be in direct contact with the medical staff on a regular basis to insure he is being treated very conservatively, consistent with our standards and protocol regarding any head injury."
Reports out of Germany, where Stamkos is playing at the world championship, said Team Canada is being cautious and will get Stamkos on a stationary bike on Friday as he sits out that day's game. As with all concussion patients, Stamkos will get his heart rate as high as possible to see if he can exercise without symptoms. He would not be cleared to play until he passed that test and was able to practice, also without symptoms.