Jonathan Toews wasn’t fully recovered from a concussion when he played during last season’s playoffs.
While Toews was symptom-free and had cleared all the NHL-imposed concussion protocols before returning to the Hawks’ lineup, there were lingering effects from the injury that even the 24-year-old center didn’t realize were affecting him. They included balance and eyesight issues that were discovered and solved during a five-day stint at an Atlanta-area chiropractic neurology facility last week.
“But (the chiropractic neurology work) got me back to Square One and I feel great. When I walked out of there I was definitely really tired because you’re doing a lot of exercises that wear on you, but it’s definitely a good thing.”
Toews returned Saturday after spending time undergoing a battery of tests and corrective methods at the Carrick Institute at Life University in Marietta, Ga. The institute has treated other high-profile athletes, including the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, who has had his career threatened by concussions.