Nate Jackson: Broncos trainers pushed dangerous pain-killing shots

No Pain, No Gain? Not So Fast
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When I played for the Denver Broncos, from 2003 to 2008, Toradol was a popular pregame injection…We were told it would make us feel better. So we lined up for the needle…There was no hesitation, no trepidation, no point at which I felt that taking Toradol was a risk. I trusted our team doctors. They wouldn’t suggest a drug if it was dangerous.

The player rarely if ever has a say in the treatment process…If the player seeks a second opinion, which he is technically allowed to do, it is taken as an affront to the medical staff, and he will be treated in the training room like a turncoat…The player is not told how to access his medical records or whether he even has a right to them. The folder of my medical records was as thick as a dictionary and I never had access to it. Even after I filed a workers’ compensation lawsuit against the Broncos a year ago that later included a request for that folder, I still don’t have it. The team hasn’t released it to me.

With each anecdote Jackson shares, one has to be more interested in reading his forthcoming book. Of course, how can we help but wonder how reading it will affect our love for this game? (h/t SteveS)

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