It’s the Tip of the Iceberg

Did you know that 70% of NFL players don’t even wear knee or thigh pads?  It’s ridiculous.  The NFL is finally mandating it but  this crap has been going on for years (18 to be exact).  Many players also wear child-size pads all in the name of speed.   How about in the name of injury?  Why has the NFL allowed this?   I have no idea.  If you shrink the shoulder pads then ALL you have left to hit with is the head! Compare Ronny Lott and Troy Polamalu and you can see the difference.  Both were the best in their game but the sport has changed and put these players in danger.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “It’s the Tip of the Iceberg

  1. Melinda
    December 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    There’s actually starting to be some thinking that it would be better for football players to have less protection and stop using helmets, because having the protections makes them use all their power to hit harder and causes more injuries and brain trauma.

  2. Hates football anyway
    December 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Well this way they can sue the NFL if they get injured. It is a money-making proposition.

  3. Sir Lance-a-Lot
    December 12, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Sorry, all this does is reinforce my long-preexisting belief that all football players are idiots.

    Considering the extent to which we “subsidize” these guys for doing absolutely nothing, I think this thread should be lumped with the thread on the growth of Disability.

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