NFL Players Don’t Trust Team Doctors

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  1. Vinny

    Vinny shiny happy fan Staff Member

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    http://deadspin.com/5980550/?utm_ca...source=deadspin_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow
     
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    disaacks3 Site Contributor

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    Didn't anyone watch Any Given Sunday?

    Doctors are paid by the team, whose interests would you expect them to be protecting?
     
  3. Yankee_In_TX

    Yankee_In_TX Dance Lindsay!

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    That came to my mind when I saw the headline!
     
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    Me, too! Team doctors know what side of their bread gets the butter, and it is a conflict of interest to expect them to make medical decisions that will have a direct negative impact on the team.

    You need a neutral third party involved if they really want to strive of true objectivity.
     
  5. eriadoc

    eriadoc Texan-American

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    This is one of the reasons I don't trust the NFL on anything they say about concussions or CTE and therefore one of the reasons I sympathize with players of earlier generations. They were not informed of the risks, they were cared for by doctors that had interests aside from the long term health of the players, and they've been hung out to dry, in essence.

    The current players are at least starting to get some of the information necessary to make the decision to risk their future mental health.
     
  6. jaayteetx

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    Seems like that would be one of the concessions the players would go after in a CBA. Two "team" doctors, one hired by the team and one by the NFLPA and when they don't agree on a diagnosis have some sort of mediation process. Simple enough to me.
     
  7. HOU-TEX

    HOU-TEX Ah, Football!

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    Maybe this will help a little?

    Andrea Kremer‏@Andrea_Kremer

     
  8. CloakNNNdagger

    CloakNNNdagger Site Contributor

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    The NFPA has not exactly worn the white hat in all this. Back in 2010, the NFLPA blocked initial attempts at placing sideline neurologists and implementing the Riddle HITS [Head Impact Telemetry System] and SRS [Sideline Response System] helmet system, because players were worried that they would be yanked against their own assessment that they were "fine." Ridell's system would basically be logging the intensity and frequency of all significant impacts to a player's head during games AND practices. The fact is that this system was accepted by a dozen or so teams, but ultimately nixed by the NFLPA. It wasn't until all the lawsuits and widespread publicity that the NFLPA all of a sudden came to the forefront of the picture, not the least reason being that the NFLPA could potentially face legal liability for traumatic brain injury, for its failure to protect its own membership.
     
  9. Vinny

    Vinny shiny happy fan Staff Member

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    We'll call it the Royce White rule.
     
  10. dtran04

    dtran04 Hall of Fame

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    It's gonna be awesome when these neurologists take out players at any sign of trouble. Hell, Schaub would get pulled in about half of the games. He holds his helmet/head every other game after taking a sack.
     
  11. CloakNNNdagger

    CloakNNNdagger Site Contributor

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    The 2-finger test would be much simpler and cheaper....and just as reliable a test as they perform today on the sideline.:chef:

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  12. Hagar

    Hagar Drink up yall, its the Texans!

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    Thing is if you go against the team doctor and if you're injured too much, you may find yourself on the outside looking in.
     

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