Har­vard study calls for out­side doc­tors

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

A new Har­vard Univer­sity study says the Nfl should stop us­ing doc­tors paid by the team to de­ter­mine whether play­ers are able to come back from an in­jury.

The re­port from the Nfl Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion-funded Foot­ball Play­ers Health Study also rec­om­mends a short-term in­jured re­serve for play­ers re­cov­er­ing from a con­cus­sion, much like the sys­tem that base­ball adopted five years ago.

The re­port is­sued Thurs­day in­cludes 76 rec­om­men­da­tions ad­dressed to 20 stake­hold­ers in the game _ ev­ery­one from play­ers and teams to equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers and govern­ment reg­u­la­tors. The big­gest mes­sage: Player safety will never be the top pri­or­ity as long as those in­volved have com­pet­ing calls on their loy­alty.

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