NFL Medical Staff Allowed to View Replays on Sideline


According to NFL.com the league is going to let the head athletic trainer or head team physician to use video replay in assisting with injuries.  There are stipulations and monitoring from the league for its usage;

The league made it clear that the use of this equipment is for medical purposes only and not to gain any competitive advantage. The NFL plans to monitor the use of the video monitors and will determine if its availability will be expanded next season.

The league issued the following guidelines surrounding the equipment’s use:

» The equipment may only be used by a team physician or the head athletic trainer. Under no circumstances may coaches, players, or others have access to this equipment.
» The medical staff may only review video of a play to assist it in treating a player who suffered (or may have suffered), an injury during that play.
» The head team physician or the head athletic trainer must notify the league officiating observer in the press box prior to accessing the field video monitor.

We have clearly stated here that one of the best tools the athletic trainer has is his/her eyes and understanding the mechanism of injury.  That is why we as AT’s can sit on a couch and give you a very good estimation of an injury that occurs on the field.  Granted there is nothing that can replace actual evidence based evaluations, however seeing an injury occur can help with that, A LOT.  A good move on the part of the NFL.

I will go ahead and openly promote my abilities to view the monitor and help with the injuries.  Perhaps each team will have a “injury-coordinator” in the future, located in the press box, a la the O or D coordinators, to call down and oversee/direct care.  If they haven’t thought of that, I just did and I am your man.  Here is a bonus, during practices and such I can do rehabilitation, prevention and evaluation.  An even better bonus I can help with mass communications of the team.  Hey NFL teams, hit me up!

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One thought on “NFL Medical Staff Allowed to View Replays on Sideline

  1. brokenbrilliant January 7, 2012 / 09:09

    Excellent news — too bad the whole human cloning thing isn’t sorted out yet — the NFL could have a whole slew of “you’s” to do the job. Probably the best thing they could do, is find truly independent ATCs such as yourself to set things in order. Here’s hoping they don’t stock up on folks who toe their party line and push them to do the right thing.

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