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.

15 responses to “NFLPA says NFLPA members don’t trust team doctors

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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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