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.