What we learned about Connor McDavid's rehab in 'Whatever It Takes' - Sportsnet.ca

In 'Whatever It Takes' a documentary that follows Connor McDavid from the moment he was injured at the end of last season through his summer rehab, we learned a lot about what he had to do to return in time for opening night puck drop.

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Thankfully, cmcdavid97 is back where he should be, healthy and leading the NHL in scoring at the break. But as tonight's 'Whatever It Takes' documentary showed, getting there wasn't easy. Dixononsports breaks down the can’t-miss parts of his journey:

In 'Whatever It Takes' a documentary that follows Connor McDavid from the moment he was injured at the end of last season through his summer rehab, we learned a lot about what he had to do to return in time for opening night puck drop.

January 25, 2020, 12:05 AM When Connor McDavid scored his first goal of the season, there was plenty of reason to be excited. The play was vintage 97, as he darted between Vancouver Canucks defencemen Quinn Hughes and Chris Tanev before lifting a shot over Jacob Markstrom’s blocker and under the bar. The tally broke a 2-2 tie and came with just over five minutes remaining in the third period of a contest that doubled as Edmonton’s first game of the new campaign and its home opener. It also came on the heels of a summer-long rehab process McDavid required to heal a left knee injury sustained in the final game of the 2018-19 season, when he crashed into the post in a contest against the Calgary Flames Given all that, it seemed completely natural to witness McDavid drop down to one knee and unleash a few furious fist pumps. His dad Brian, though, sensed a little extra mustard on this particular celebration. “There was a different level on that one,” Brian McDavid says. That’s because Connor McDavid — unbeknownst to most of those watching in the building and around the country — came terrifyingly close to missing this season of NHL hockey, a fact revealed in an hour-long documentary titled ‘Whatever It Takes’ that aired on Sportsnet Friday night. In it, McDavid and his inner circle — including his parents, girlfriend and medical professionals — speak candidly about the extent of an injury that, in the early stages, created real concern about his long-term future in the game. Thankfully, McDavid is right where he should be, leading the NHL in scoring at the break. It’s a happy ending to a chapter in his career he’ll never forget. Here are some of the can’t-miss aspects of this story. It takes a lot, but it’s possible to rattle Connor McDavid Despite the fact he plays a faster game than anybody in the history of hockey, McDavid always seems in control. On the ice, he’s the one dictating the action. In the dressing room, he’s measured and economical in front of microphones. Even in the immediate aftermath of his injury, we saw McDavid calmly say the words, “It’s broken” to the group of teammates, trainers and opponents huddled around him. Once he was out of view, though, hobbling down the hallway, McDavid came undone. How and when you can watch 'Whatever It Takes' If you missed the first showing after Friday's Skills Competition, don't worry. There are three other times you can catch the documentary: • Sat. Jan., 25 on SN at 6:30pm ET • Tues. Feb., 4 on SNE/SNO/SN1 at 8:00pm ET • Wed. Feb., 19 on SN at 7:00pm ET “I held it together until we got through the tunnel and [then] I was a mess,” he says in the doc. You’d expect nothing less from an athlete in that position. Still, it was jarring to hear those closest to him explain how distraught McDavid was as he processed what had happened and what might have to happen next One of the doctors consulted told McDavid surgery was the way to go, the recovery period would be upwards of a full year and, even then, there was no guarantee his knee would be exactly as it was before he fully tore the posterior cruciate ligament, tore the medial and lateral menisci, fully tore the popliteus muscle, tore the posterior capsule and sustained a tibial plateau fracture. Oh, and by the way, the sooner you have this surgery, the better. “I’ve got to make this decision at 22 [years old] and I’ve got to make it in 24 hours,” McDavid says. Maybe for the first time in his life, the next move wasn’t obvious. Sign up for NHL newsletters Get the best of our NHL coverage and exclusives delivered directly to your inbox! NHL Newsletter *I understand that I may withdraw my consent at any time. Squeeze; Release; Repeat With his surgery already scheduled, McDavid sought one more opinion before going under the knife. That doctor suggested forgoing the scalpel in favour of a pioneering, multi-pronged rehab program. Feeling there was no harm in trying, McDavid opted for that route. The film details the painstaking steps McDavid undertook as — for 10 hours a day, seven days a week — he worked to heal his body. In the beginning, he was spending two hours a day locked in a hyperbaric chamber doing the one tiny exercise he’d be cleared for. “I’d be in [the chamber] and I would flex my quad muscle for 10 seconds on, rest for 10 seconds, and I would do that over and over again trying to save the muscle,” McDavid says. When he was finally allowed to put some weight on the knee, McDavid spent so much time in the pool his skin is probably still wrinkled. For a while, he didn’t know if the work would be in vain and surgery would still be required. But the hours of meticulous and varied rehabilitation started to pay off as the PCL fibres began to re-attach. Somebody knows how to keep a secret Any time the game’s premier star is suddenly worrying about the potential for career derailment, you’d think word would leak out and travel at lightspeed around the hockey world. Somehow, the team around McDavid managed to keep the deep details of this injury under wraps — even from high-profile new hires. When Ken Holland was talking to Oilers chairman Bob Nicholson about the possibility of filling the vacant general manager’s office last summer, the former was justifiably curious about how the franchise’s foundational player was recovering from his injury. “I gave him information; I didn’t give him all the information,” Nicholson explained. “We [the Oilers] really talked about, hey, we’ve got to keep this as tight as possible. There were a lot of people poking around, trying to get more information and we just clamped it down.” Holland acknowledged he really didn’t understand the full extent of things until after he’d put pen to paper. Now, we’re all in the know. And that makes what McDavid is doing this season even more remarkable. More from Sportsnet Read more: Sportsnet

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cmcdavid97 Dixononsports It was very well done. Showed class, maturity, drive and what an elite athlete can do when they have the drive. The thought of a ligament reattaching after a complete tear is largely unheard of. More respect than ever! cmcdavid97 Dixononsports I don’t have cable to watch this😭

cmcdavid97 Dixononsports I recorded it but it cut off 20 minutes because the all star comp took too long cmcdavid97 Dixononsports This was absolutely amazing to watch. As an Oilers fan it makes me sick to think we're almost lost him for the whole year. The amount of physical and mental toughness he showed through the toughest time in his life is incredible.

cmcdavid97 Dixononsports You have to think the PHWA would second guess their vote for Nylander as comeback player this season. Not many knew what Connor went through to get back to where he is. Never thought I or my son would be in more awe of him. Thank you Connor. cmcdavid97 Dixononsports I was hoping Sportsnet would upload it to the TV show section of SN Now subscribers 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

Connor McDavid claims Hart Trophy in Hockey Writers’ mid-season awards - TSN.caEdmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid appears to be on pace to claim his second career Hart Trophy as he was named the winner of the award in the Professional Hockey Writers Association's mid-season awards on Thursday. Washington claims Stanley Cup in mid-season awards Rod langway award? I thought when you have a line mate putting up lots of points you can’t win? That was said about Mackinnon the year hall won.

cmcdavid97 Dixononsports Connor is not only a great hockey player but his mind and his maturity to deal with an injury of this magnitude at such a young age is surreal and admirable. Definitely a slam dunk for the Bill Masterton memorial trophy cmcdavid97 Dixononsports Can we view whateverittakes with cmcdavid97 down in the states?

cmcdavid97 Dixononsports BoycottSportsnet FireRonMaclean cmcdavid97 Dixononsports Hey sportsnet, where can one watch this in the states? mrjaxtaylor would like to watch cmcdavid97 Dixononsports Will I ever be able to watch this, even without Sportsnet? cmcdavid97 Dixononsports Not sure which is least interesting, the Connor rehab story or 3 on 3 women's hockey. 🤔

cmcdavid97 Dixononsports How can I see this in Australia? cmcdavid97 Dixononsports The entire hockey community in the United States wants to watch this. Can you please let us know when it will be available? cmcdavid97 Dixononsports Was an enjoyable watch! My boys (14, 12, 11) watched with me and definitely learned what commitment and hard work look like!

cmcdavid97 Dixononsports The amount of work professional athletes do behind the scenes is amazing.

Connor McDavid details recovery from major knee injury in documentaryOilers captain tore PCL in final game of 2018-19, opted against surgery in favour of intense rehab

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'I feel real good': Oilers' Connor McDavid opens up about injury recovery - Sportsnet.caThere was a mix of comfort and relief as Connor McDavid arrived at Enterprise Center for the NHL’s all-star weekend and spoke at length with reporters about his arduous recovery from a torn PCL in his left knee last summer. EdmontonOilers reporterchris If I have a subscription through the Sportsnet app/online will “Whatever it Takes” be watchable?

'I feel real good': Oilers' Connor McDavid opens up about injury recovery - Sportsnet.caThere was a mix of comfort and relief as Connor McDavid arrived at Enterprise Center for the NHL’s all-star weekend and spoke at length with reporters about his arduous recovery from a torn PCL in his left knee last summer. EdmontonOilers reporterchris If I have a subscription through the Sportsnet app/online will “Whatever it Takes” be watchable?

Connor McDavid claims Hart Trophy in Hockey Writers’ mid-season awards - TSN.caEdmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid appears to be on pace to claim his second career Hart Trophy as he was named the winner of the award in the Professional Hockey Writers Association's mid-season awards on Thursday. Washington claims Stanley Cup in mid-season awards Rod langway award? I thought when you have a line mate putting up lots of points you can’t win? That was said about Mackinnon the year hall won.

NHL All-Star Skills Takeaways: 'Bieber' steals show, McDavid loses crown - Sportsnet.caConnor McDavid lost his crown and Shea Weber reclaimed his. But it was a Justin Bieber mask that had people talking. lukefoxjukebox has your NHLAllStar Skills takeaways ⤵️ lukefoxjukebox That will haunt me for years.... 🤡



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