We have discussed the NFL policy on concussions from preseason until last week when we discussed the apparent “dirt in the eye” issue that Vick dealt with. We have even delved into some of the concerns and issues that face team medical staff’s when dealing with injuries, especially with high-profile athletes;
This has been a major issue in all professional sports; who pulls the most weight? The athlete, coach, agent, owner or medical staff. I would like to think that the organization would hire very competent medical staff’s (except some “team doctors” actually pay for the privilege), that would make decisions based upon safety. I do know the AT’s do get a check from the organization so if they are hired by the club then shouldn’t they be listened to? I mean, coaches are hired to make play calls and players are hired to run said plays, do the organizations meddle in their business (see Jerry Jones). I would expect that teams would allow the AT’s and doctors to do what is right, and with that hope that the medical teams forgo score/importance and be proactive.
There was a specific line in the most recent NFL memo that sparked the above comment from me; “the NFL is telling medical staffs that they have the authority Continue reading