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NFL players now relying on workers' comp. for injury treatment

This is an interesting time for the NFL. Football fans are desperately hoping that the players and organization will settle on a new collective bargaining agreement. Obviously, however, fans aren't the only ones who have to deal with the uncertainty of the NFL's future.

According to The Washington Post, injured NFL players now have to take initiative without support from the league in order to recover from their work injuries. Until now, workers' compensation has not been as important to the professional athletes. Now, they are relying on it in order to get back to playing condition.

What does the dependence on workers' compensation mean as far as treatment for the football players? Well, workers' comp. is only accepted by certain facilities. One of those facilities, according to reports, is in Maryland. One rehab specialist in Maryland alone has worked with various NFL players since the lockout began.

Part of the lockout rules is that players and team trainers or other team representatives are not allowed to communicate directly. The players are not allowed to use team facilities for training or recovery. The Maryland rehab specialist mentioned above, however, can speak to NFL trainers, and she does. She reportedly is a middle point of contact between injured players and the NFL, including trainers.

Are the injured players getting the quality treatment that they need in order to remain competitive on the field? Some of the players attending the Maryland rehab facility claim that they are doing exactly what they would be doing with their NFL trainers. They just had to work a little bit harder at first to find who could help them.

Source

The Washington Post: "Injured NFL players must be creative when dealing with injuries during the lockout," Mark Giannotto, 28 Jun. 2011

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