Hi, I saw these tags & was wondering what you meant: #it's always strange seeing old clips #where he doesn't have the adhesions pulling his left jaw in #and his head moves normally #like i'm so used to his fucked up neck now. post/153835029172 i know he had jaw surgery etc, but would you mind explaining the difference before & after? Or have any gifs to illustrate the change? I don't follow him closely, so I can't quite work out what you mean by adhesions and his neck movement. Thank you! <3
You’d probably only notice it if you spent an absurd amount of time staring at his face (and did part of your PhD research in nonverbal behavior like i did maybe? lolol). It’s fairly subtle. What I’m talking about is how the left side of his jaw is basically held more tightly in to his neck than the right side of his face, which becomes more pronounced when he shakes his head or turns it. I don’t have a lot of gifs from when he was younger, but if you catch some footage of him when he’s a wee bab hockey monster,
you’ll see how his head is more square on, and when he’d turn his head, it’d turn and extend pretty evenly from left to right (though we all have our asymmetries). (also he’s only fourteen in that first one so… still lots of growing to do.) Same when he’s turning 18 - watch how much further and higher his lower left face turns and lifts than it tends to now
And in 2009, in this video, watch for how easily he looks over his right shoulder and compare it to how much more he turns his shoulders to look over his shoulder now.
And then finally, compare how he looks in that post you are talking about from right when he broke his jaw
Nowadays you’ll see a little pulling in of his left lower jaw a lot more (part mannerism probably, though how much of that is just his normal mannerisms and how much is leftover from compensating for the pain/injury…), but I think partly due to how our bodies heal from traumatic injuries
What I meant by “adhesions” is that when you break your jaw and such, the
points where muscles and connective tissue connect to the bone can get
disrupted and then when things heal up, there’s scar tissue, things
don’t attach in exactly the same place they did before due to swelling
and how the shape of the bone changes, and how our bodies sometimes just
slap stuff down and hope it holds and…. that’s not always best for
restoring things to the way they were even if it works well enough to
get the job done.
See how his head sits at an angle and how there’s a sort of tiny abrupt and angled shift in the motion forward rather than a more normal parabolic one? And when he settles his head it’s more natural to him to drop in his left jaw (though you can see he has always done that a bit with his “listening face” in those old vids)
So I suspect that he’s probably prone to some neck tightness on that side that he has to (and surely does) take care to stretch and take care of to maintain full motion and flexibility. It always seems more pronounced to me after breaks in the season and was really most obvious during the WCoH after summer - his shoulders slant a little to compensate for it too if he’s not careful.
It’s also gotten less pronounced as the year has gone on - which isn’t surprising to me, since it’s likely only going to continue to heal and normalize (though probably never be perfect) the further he gets from the jaw break. But yeah, Sid’s head does not turn smooth anymore and I’ve gotten so used to it being part of his nonverbal behavior that it’s weird to me to see old stuff where it does.