The NFL should be transparent about the management of the injuries, and be brave in promoting safety and medical education about the risks involved.
New York (PRWEB) August 11, 2014
In light of the NFL draft this May, Dr. Armin Tehrany, a New York based orthopedic surgeon, is concerned about the risks involved for the 224 young men to be drafted into the League. Injuries come with the turf, yes, but most players don’t give much thought the life altering repercussions concussion injuries can have.
“The severity of concussions can range from mild to severe,” says Manhattan Orthopedic Care specialist Dr. Armin Tehrany. “Concussions are some of the scariest injuries in any sport because brain trauma cannot be mended like bone and muscle. These injuries can have lasting effects long after the jersey is framed and hung on the wall.”
At a press conference, Jeff Miller, Vice President of Healthy & Safety Policy for the NFL showed 228 diagnosed concussions in the 2013 season, which includes preseason and regular-season practices and games. Extrapolating from this data it seems that a rookie who makes the team of 58 players (the 53 on the roster plus the 5 practice players) on any of the 32 teams, has a 12.3 percent chance of receiving a concussive blow in their first year.
The American Academy of Neurology says that athletes are at greater risk of repeat injury in the first 10 days post-concussion, but in the 2012 and 2013 nearly 49.5 percent of NFL players who received a concussion never missed a game, according to FRONTLINE Concussion Watch. The NFL has made great strides to regulate dangerous hits, with 23 percent less helmet-to-helmet impacts in the 2013 season compared to 2012, but more can be done in way of pubic understanding of injury diagnoses and treatment.
“Because of its popularity that reaches young people and kids too, football and its perils should be taken quite seriously,” explains Dr. Tehrany. “The NFL should be transparent about the management of the injuries, and be brave in promoting safety and medical education about the risks involved.”
By creating this transparency the hope is the 11.2 concussion rate, per 10,000 exposures in high school football games*, will reduce dramatically. Safety should be the number one priority throughout the game of football, regardless of what level.
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About Manhattan Orthopedic Care
Manhattan Orthopedic Care (MOC) is a boutique orthopedic group that offers differential care of proven and innovative techniques treating a wide range of orthopedic conditions. Facilities include a main office located on Madison Avenue, with several satellite offices throughout the tri-state, as well as two private surgical centers.
About Armin M. Tehrany, M.D.
Dr. Armin Tehrany, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Manhattan Orthopedic Care. Although he specializes in minimally invasive treatment of the shoulder and the knee, he treats all types of orthopedic conditions, including those of the upper extremity, lower extremity, and spine. Dr. Tehrany serves on the Board of Directors for the New York State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons, as well as the Physicians Advisory Board for the New York County Medical Society. He also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan. His current interests involve the development of minimally invasive techniques in the management of shoulder and cartilage disorders.
To learn more about Dr. Armin Tehrany and the orthopedic services he provides at Manhattan Orthopedic Care, please visit http://www.MOCNYC.com.
*Source: National Academy of Sciences, Datalys Center (2014)