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NFL Players Discuss Concussion Culture

December 27th, 2011

Sports media outlets have been abuzz since the Associated Press published the results of an interview with 44 National Football League players on Sunday that seemed to confirm the existence of a league-wide “tough-it-out” attitude. The group of interviewees included at least one representative from each of the 32 teams, 33 starters, 11 reserves, 25 offensive players, and 19 defensive players. ¬†Among the questions posed, one asked, “If you get what you think could be a concussion, do you think you would hide it and try to stay in the game or immediately pull yourself out?” 23 of the 44 players admitted that they would attempt to hide their injuries.

While the results of the survey are disturbing, they should not come as a shock to anyone following the recent case against the NFL that Seeger Weiss LLP has brought on behalf of 11 former players. The plaintiffs allege that they were regularly administered the drug Toradol, which can mask the symptoms of a concussion and cause cerebral bleeding. The case, and many others like it, have brought to light a brutal culture in the NFL, in which potentially life-threatening conditions are often left untreated. Another question in the AP’s interview asked if players believed an independent neurologist should be present at games to check for concussions. 31 of the 44 players answered “Yes.”

To learn more about Seeger Weiss’ investigation of the NFL’s use of Toradol, click here.

To read the full results of the Associated Press interview, click here.



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