Researchers have found no evidence that tears are linked to heart problems, but many doctors and fans say they have no choice but to.
“If it’s going to affect me, it’s definitely going to be with my family,” said Edmonton Oilers forward Jannik Hansen, who has three sons with his wife, Jill.
“You’ve got to be careful with the tears, but I think it’s a normal thing that happens with any sport.”
Hansen, 22, and teammate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 19, had their third surgery for a stress fracture in the neck in May.
Both players said the surgery was the hardest they have ever had to have.
“It’s really tough,” Hansen said.
“To say it’s something you’ve had to deal with is an understatement.
You have to be strong. “
But at the end of the day, I think we all know the answer to that.
You have to be strong.
You’ve got a heart and you’ve got strength, and you just have to stay strong and get through it.”
The two players said their recovery has been tough, but they believe the surgery is the best way for them to move forward.
“The last thing I would want to do is to have it take its toll on us,” Hansen added.
“We’re trying to stay positive and keep our focus.
It was definitely tough to go through, but we’re trying.”
Dr. Jeffrey Jaffe, a cardiologist and head of the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center in Cleveland, told the Associated Press that it’s not clear if a player’s tears are related to the stress fracture or a condition that can occur when a person’s heart is strained.
“I don’t think that they’re going to go away on their own, but it is not clear that they are a risk factor for the stress fractures,” Jaffe said.
A spokeswoman for the Cleveland Hospital System said they can not comment on patients, but the hospital has received more than 20,000 reports of stress fractures.
“Some people may have a mild strain, some may have something more serious, some might have something else,” Dr. Lisa Janssen, a spokeswoman for Cleveland Clinic Health, told USA TODAY Sports.
“There’s not a clear and accurate correlation.
There are many things that could affect the amount of blood flow in the brain.”