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Mackie Shilstone
Sports Performance Manager, MA, MBA

Mackie Shilstone

Executive Director, The Fitness Principle with Mackie Shilstone at East Jefferson General Hospital

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With the recent assessment of a $75,000 fine by the NFL on the New York Jets, $25,000 on general manager Mike Tannenbaum, and $25,000 on former head coach Eric Mangini, for not listing an injury (torn bicep tendon) last season to Brett Favre on the NFL team injury report, the message seems loud and clear -- report all injuries in a timely prescribed manner.

Take a look at the NFL team injury reports for the week of 9/07, the Green Bay Packers show WR Evan Moore on IR for an undisclosed reason, as do the Minnesota Vikings on 9/13 for DB Benny Sapp. Sapp is, however, listed as Prob. Sun. against the Lions.

With all that is going on in this country on health care reform and the protection of patient rights, I do find it interesting that each week teams list, at least they are required to, a player's respective injury(s) for all to see. The HIPAA Laws (Health Information Portability Accountability Act) of the United States are designed to protect the patient's privacy such that a patient's medical record and/or health issues should be not be disclosed to a third party, without express permission. I wonder if the NFL player is aware of this fact or even cares.

Later in life, when said player is away from the roar of the crowd and possibly looking for health insurance, it may make all the difference in the world. For now, maybe it is better to only play those players who can do so without pain or potential for re-injurying themselves.

In terms of preparation, just get ready to play the game no matter who shows up. That is what the players are paid to do and the fans expect.

By Mackie Shilstone  |  September 18, 2009; 7:41 AM ET  | Category:  Cleveland Browns , Medical , NFL , New York Jets , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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