NFLPA Survey: Nearly Four In Five Football Players Don’t Trust Team Medical Staffs

Source: Rick Maese / The Washington Post

NEW ORLEANS — While player safety has emerged as a popular NFL discussion topic in recent seasons, Robert Griffin III’s knee injury earlier this month threw team medical doctors into the spotlight. On Thursday, the NFL Players Association will reveal a survey that finds four in five NFL players do not trust their team’s medical staff.

“Our players are more aware today about the obligations of their team doctors to them as patients and not just football players,” said DeMaurice Smith, the NFLPA executive director. “The results seem to indicate a gap in what they expect from their team doctors and the way they’re actually treated.”

The survey spanned all 32 NFL teams and was conducted late in the season. Smith is scheduled to meet with reporters Thursday afternoon in New Orleans to discuss player safety and reveal results of the survey.

The role of team doctors has been hotly debated, particularly in Washington where the Redskins star quarterback was allowed to continue playing in a playoff game this month, ultimately aggravating a knee injury that required extensive surgery.

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