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Team docs no longer allowed to wear team-issued gear

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The NFL Team Physicians Society just sent out a memo, asking its members to dress more like doctors and less like every other team employee on the sidelines.

According to the memo, obtained by Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com, doctors were urged to wear “professional attire” on the sidelines, as opposed to the standard-issue team gear that every assistant coach, ball boy, etc. wear on game days

It began as part of a new photo credentialing process, designed to make it easier for security to differentiate doctors from coaches if they leave the bench area.

“The credentials and differentiating sideline wear help physicians and game operations staffs in ensuring that medical staffs have full sideline access and visibility of the playing field,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email. “[This] is another improvement in injury management originally discussed by the NFL Physicians Society with Commissioner Goodell.”

Not every physician on the sidelines chose to wear team gear anyway, so it’s not a drastic shift.

But at least symbolically, it helps the league draw a line between doctors and coaches — and between the Hippocratic Oath and the urge to get guys back on the field as quickly as possible — at a time when closing in on 4,000 players are suing the league over concussion issues.

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16 Responses to “Team docs no longer allowed to wear team-issued gear”
  1. notrelated says: Nov 8, 2012 2:50 PM

    Just let them walk around with stethoscopes.

  2. jaymc1988 says: Nov 8, 2012 3:08 PM

    good idea

  3. physiodoc2be says: Nov 8, 2012 3:14 PM

    notrelated says:
    Nov 8, 2012 2:50 PM
    Just let them walk around with stethoscopes.
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    Not every physician uses a stethoscope, or owns one for that matter.

  4. chattanola says: Nov 8, 2012 3:19 PM

    This is a good idea. I wonder if they going to dress all in white like Dr. Kildare. That would really set them apart on the sideline.

  5. paythevig says: Nov 8, 2012 3:21 PM

    physiodoc2be says:
    Nov 8, 2012 3:14 PM
    notrelated says:
    Nov 8, 2012 2:50 PM
    Just let them walk around with stethoscopes.
    ————————————————————-

    Not every physician uses a stethoscope, or owns one for that matter.

    ________________________

    Lighten up a little; i guess we’ll put you down as one of those health professionals without one.

  6. sb44champs says: Nov 8, 2012 3:36 PM

    “…at a time when closing in on 4,000 players are suing the league over concussion issues.”
    ============================
    Saints fans know first hand, thats why the Saints became Godell’s ultimate ‘scapegoats’!!

  7. johngaltwho says: Nov 8, 2012 3:42 PM

    “Not every physician uses a stethoscope, or owns one for that matter”

    One step further – many physicians who use them dont really have any idea what they’re hearing anyway.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 8, 2012 4:16 PM

    The stethescopes are hooked to the Ipods hidden under their jacket. Sony markets them as “professional attire” ear buds.

  9. gochargersgo says: Nov 8, 2012 4:32 PM

    physiodoc2be says:Nov 8, 2012 3:14 PM

    notrelated says:
    Nov 8, 2012 2:50 PM
    Just let them walk around with stethoscopes.
    ————————————————————-

    Not every physician uses a stethoscope, or owns one for that matter.

    Not every physician has a sense of humor either, apparently.

  10. bobnelsonjr says: Nov 8, 2012 4:58 PM

    I like the white lab coat look.

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 8, 2012 5:00 PM

    It also brands and markets the legitimacy of the NFL’s care for player health. Something that should have been mandated at least a decade ago. Finally.

  12. tnazvol says: Nov 8, 2012 5:07 PM

    Not every physician uses a stethoscope, or owns one for that matter.

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    Would you prefer that they carry a speculum?

  13. gopackgo520 says: Nov 8, 2012 5:10 PM

    Wasn’t there an outrage when Stern was telling NBA players what they could and could not wear…..
    Where are those people now??
    Gotta love America.

  14. csilojohnson says: Nov 8, 2012 8:44 PM

    PR Stunt
    Goodell’s reign just gets more comical every day.

  15. orivar says: Nov 8, 2012 9:23 PM

    Is this really necessary? The system with team docs is fine from an outside stand point. ”

    Hey it’s a doctor who is wearing team gear, they sure is going to affect him on his job”

    Is exactly what I think when watching the game. /sarcasm

  16. larrydavid7000 says: Nov 9, 2012 5:45 AM

    this is sad.

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