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Old 01-27-2010, 01:59 PM   #1
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NEW YORK (AP)—The NFL’s medical committee is discussing giving players echocardiograms following the death this month of Chicago Bears defensive end Gaines Adams(notes).

Adams died of an enlarged heart, something an echocardiogram can detect. NFL teams already give extensive physicals to players. Stress testing and echocardiograms are conducted when the results of the physical, an EKG and family history indicate the need.

NFL medical people and outside experts who sit on the league’s cardiovascular health committee previously have discussed making echocardiograms standard. They’re doing so again, pending the final pathologists’ report on Adams.

But some cardiologists warn there could be risks, such as misdiagnoses, to making echocardiograms standard in a physical exam.
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If it's available the NFL should use it.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:04 PM   #2
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Also sounds good to me. Don't see a reason to not test if it will save lives.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:07 PM   #3
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I have no doubt that misdiagnoses could occur, but the rarity of mistakes still makes the procedure needed. It's similar to court trials. You don't eliminate court trials just because mistakes could be made and an innocent person could be sent to jail...
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Funny how fast they are to act when it comes to heart failures which are extremely rare, but when it comes to concussions which are so common they are still humming and hawing. I wonder if we really do need someone to die on the field from a collision before they take it seriously.
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Funny how fast they are to act when it comes to heart failures which are extremely rare, but when it comes to concussions which are so common they are still humming and hawing. I wonder if we really do need someone to die on the field from a collision before they take it seriously.
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Old 01-27-2010, 02:49 PM   #6
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Funny how fast they are to act when it comes to heart failures which are extremely rare, but when it comes to concussions which are so common they are still humming and hawing. I wonder if we really do need someone to die on the field from a collision before they take it seriously.
Really you don't think they have stepped up how they handle concussions at all? What about the new helmets they make? When is the last time you seen a player like Big Ben held out of a important game because of a concussion? How about how they handled Portis, Westbrook, and Warner this year? I can tell you that if a guy like Portis went on the IR for a concussion in the 70s, 80s, and 90s he would have been out of the league for being too soft. I think the NFL is finally starting to do something about concussions but players calling out other players ala what Hines Ward did to Big Ben won't help much. They have finally started doing studies with former players and soon the current players will have to understand what is at risk for them when they play with a head injury. It's a slow process because of the amount of players that do play through it.
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Nice gesture. Won't make a difference for guys like Adams, but a PR gesture was needed.
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Maybe they can start genetic testing for colorectal cancer while they're at it. It would certainly be more productive in the long run than subjecting every player to a mandatory needle in the haystack exam.

I have a crazy idea: how about trying to educate players about lifestyle repercussions -- you know -- like what can happen if you jump from a moving pickup truck, spray random gang bangers with champagne, encounter the rouge McDonalds wrapper, etc.
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Maybe they can start genetic testing for colorectal cancer while they're at it. It would certainly be more productive in the long run than subjecting every player to a mandatory needle in the haystack exam.
Exactly.

We've had this debate - on this site - before.
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