One thing I’ve had some trouble accepting is how the severity of injuries is determined nowadays. More and more it seems players get seriously hurt and then go in for a scan of some kind to determine just how hurt they are. Seems simple enough, but I find there to be a disconnect. The player can be writhing in pain on the ground for 20 minutes, unable to help himself off the field/court, tears streaming down his face, maybe some bleeding for effect, and when the player is interviewed he reveals he’s never been in so much pain in his life and labels it a “near-death experience”.
Then…the scan results come back and nothing is torn/broken/sprained/strained, so he’s fine, should be able to play in the next game.
Nowhere in this process, it seems, is there a determination from the player’s point of view that the injury simply causes too much pain for him to play. As long as the computer image reveals no serious issue, it is determined for him that he’s fine. And, what’s worse is that with the media, the results of such scans are made public immediately it seems putting tons of pressure on the player to convince himself that he’s fine. Maybe it has evolved this way due to technological advances that can very accurately assess injuries. But I still find it interesting that the player’s take on the whole thing doesn’t even come up anymore.