Teams need to be able to keep players from skipping rehab steps

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Colts quarterback Andrew Luck recently admitted that he skipped steps in the process of rehabbing his surgically-repaired shoulder. And while the consequences partially are on him, the Colts share plenty of the blame for not ensuring that Luck did what he was supposed to do.

NBC Sports Medicine Analyst Mike Ryan, a long-time NFL athletic trainer, explained on PFT Live the importance of having people in the organization who will persuasively and authoritatively communicate to the player the importance of complying with a rehab plan fully and strictly, with all steps properly followed.

Ryan had that and more to stay during an insightful visit that could possibly give Colts something they haven’t had much of as it relates to Luck, or their team lately: Hope.

9 responses to “Teams need to be able to keep players from skipping rehab steps

  1. Irsay is a horrible owner from an organizational standpoint… This is more par for the course than shocking. It’s a billion dollar corporation, hire the right people. He was supposed to be back last year, or the year before that, whatever. It’s almost like this guys arm fell off. Imagine running a billion dollar corporation and it doesn’t matter who you hire.

  2. That is the story… but… I bet (early in the injury) the Colts and the nfl circled the wagons and told everyone to only say positive things about Luck’s negative injury prognosis.

  3. Modify the CBA to allow teams to put players into a cell when they’re not engaged in football related activities. Poof, all problems resolved.

    Of course, since we live in the real world, perhaps spending cap money on “mature” persons and not every prima-donna that can throw or catch might ease the burden a bit. However, the owners and GMs seem to have a maturity problem themselves.

  4. Excellent point, and it shouldn’t be that difficult to include it in their contracts as a requirement to be declared fit to return from injury.

    Even for injuries that haven’t (yet) stopped them from playing, but have them on the reported list.

    I can’t imagine NFLPA or an agent fighting it;that wouldn’t be a good look. But you never know.

  5. Maybe he did it on purpose. He didn’t play last year and maybe doesn’t want to play this year either. It could be he is waiting for Chris Ballard to wipe the Ryan Grigson stench away while rebuilding the O-line.

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