Unbelievably injured player fine because scan says so


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.

4 Responses to “Unbelievably injured player fine because scan says so”

  1. Schaefer Says:

    I think the scan results/technological advances are great in that they work two-fold:
    1. if a player is a malingerer, if you will, and would potentially rest himself for a game or two when really he could be contributing then the scans work in favor of getting his lazy arse back on the field.
    2. If a player is a non stop, push-it-to-the-edge, I-need-to-be-on-the-field kind of player, but his injury could be aggravated by playing, potentially further limiting the player’s usefulness in a long term view, then the scan results work in favor telling said layer he needs to cool his jets and he’ll be back on the field when it is safe for him.

    either way I think the scans work in favor of the organization, as they should, since these players are not only people, but huge monetary investments.

  2. Dave in Tucson Says:

    Has this ever happened? I mean, ever?

    My impression is that the problem is much more the other way–players hiding injuries so they can get back out on the field. I’m guessing guys that want to fake an injury to avoid playing just don’t make it to the pro level.


  3. Mr. Bozeman Says:

    I wouldn’t put it past anyone to fake an injury. I have seen some pretty petty things from NFL players in the past, and it wouldn’t surprise me. The best you can hope for is to rid your team of those types of players.

    I think a scan is best used for checking on long term healing and other effects. A scan doesn’t show pain, only damage.

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