Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 3/1/13
Overtime in hockey isnt always measured in five-minute increments, with teams skating four per side. For players trying to recover from injuries, or trying to play through them, their day starts well before morning skates and goes on well after the zamboni has made its final sweep. Columbus Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson missed 13 games early this season with a high ankle sprain, an injury that can tend to linger for an agonizingly long time. Atkinson isnt past his injury, but he is at the point that he believes he can manage it, play through it, and contribute on the ice. It just takes extra time. The time right before and after I go out on the ice, thats huge, said the former Boston College star. I come in before each skate and do strength work on it, like bounces, and just try to get it back to the strength that it was before I got hurt. After Im done skating, I go through an ice and massage session. Its just a process, a day-to-day process. And I cant take any days off, that...
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