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NFLPA says NFLPA members don’t trust team doctors

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In a development that shocks exactly no one, the NFLPA announced today that the vast majority of their players did not trust their team’s medical staffs.

According to an internal survey conducted by the players union, asking players to rate their satisfaction between one (high) and five (not at all), 93 percent of players chose either four or five on the question of whether they were satisfied with their team’s “overall injury management.”

That hardly comes as a surprise, at a time when the union and the league aren’t agreeing on much in terms of medical issues.

The survey came as part of an NFLPA press conference which was also used to announce a $100 million program in conjunction with Harvard University, in which 1,000 former players will be studied to determine the long-term health implications of the game.

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith also called for sideline concussion experts, although the league announced plans earlier today for that very thing.

Smith also asked for a credentialing process for league medical personnel, and was critical of the league’s policy on Toradol waivers.

On the whole, the press conference was short on substance (with Smith taking a break in the middle of taking questions for a soliloquy on today being Jackie Robinson’s birthday), but was a continued indication on the lack of trust between the players union and the league, at a time when there’s still no deal on HGH testing.

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15 Responses to “NFLPA says NFLPA members don’t trust team doctors”
  1. ironhawk says: Jan 31, 2013 6:07 PM

    I’m more inclined to believe the players misread the survey. It’s not that I think they are stupid, I just think they are busy. 95% of the time 5 is high and 1 is low.

  2. kattykathy says: Jan 31, 2013 6:14 PM

    These players are no different than any other employee in this country.

    An autoworker, aircraft mechanic, warehouse worker, trash collector etc. Should NEVER, EVER, trust their employers doctor.

    You have the right to be examined by your own doctor, so excercise that right before signing off on anything an employers physician says.

    I remember years ago my brother in Law was complaining for for weeks that his back was becoming more painful and getting worse. The company sent him to their doctor and this was the exam that he was given:::::

    Doctor asked him 5 personal questions
    Asked him to bend over and touch his toes(couldnt do it)
    Asked him to twist at the waist right and left
    Then told him to go back to work because the company would get mad if he kept him off work.

    2 days later B-N-Law went to his own doctor which did X-rays, Mri, etc and found 2 slipped discs which were attributed to work

  3. FinFan68 says: Jan 31, 2013 6:23 PM

    NFLPA says NFLPA members don’t trust team doctors
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    replace “team doctors” with “any person of authority” and the stats likely stay the same

  4. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jan 31, 2013 6:39 PM

    You got what you wanted…not shut up, lips!

  5. jredshoes says: Jan 31, 2013 7:39 PM

    Team doctors can’t be any worse than union lawyers

  6. hartleechung says: Jan 31, 2013 7:54 PM

    So, you pay off the sideline concussion expert so if the player you are betting against gets hit, the “expert” rules him out of the game.

    Nice.

  7. yooperman says: Jan 31, 2013 8:39 PM

    My employer wanted Dr. Kevorkian as their “Company Doctor”. They figured it would cut down on those pesky workman comp claims.

  8. arlis2013 says: Jan 31, 2013 9:15 PM

    They don’t trust the NFLPA either. This guy is total joke.

    Players only find out how screwed they are once De puts them in front of a disability panel so he say NO.

  9. mjkelly77 says: Jan 31, 2013 10:52 PM

    NFLPA says NFLPA members don’t trust team doctors
    _________________

    The smarter memebers don’t trust Maurice Smith.

  10. jason1980 says: Feb 1, 2013 1:06 AM

    I just attended a party in New Orleans where Roger Goodell was in attendance, his security detail was massive. He seemed a tad uncomfortable, but he had his “big boy pants on”, and sucked it up.

  11. Sometimes Interesting says: Feb 1, 2013 2:11 AM

    Of course the players don’t like the doctors, they never want to be kept off the field.

  12. rodeoclown11 says: Feb 1, 2013 6:31 AM

    De smith did his job as a lawyer for the union. Now he sounds like a fool.

    And Kathy, with all due respect, don’t you think it’s a little presumptive to lump all workers comp doctors into one bag because of your bad experience?

  13. nflr92 says: Feb 1, 2013 6:36 AM

    They don’t trust the doctors that they try and hide their injuries from?

    Yea, OK.

  14. packerbadger says: Feb 1, 2013 8:48 AM

    Hey, Dr. Andrews looked after RGIII reaaaaal good!

  15. badintent says: Feb 2, 2013 1:30 AM

    So Smith has a big problem with HGH tests but is OK with drug dealersand “wellness clincs selling HGH to his membership ? Do I have this right ? Memo to Smith, the circus left town, get moving clown.Have a drink with Billy Hunter, swap stories, compare golden parachutes,etc

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