Ravens safety Ed Reed was critical of the state of NFL medicine last week, and he made some good points. He thinks training staffs can do more.
"I work hand-in-hand with my doctor, so I know the things that he's helping me with, that help me to prevent the aging sort of things that you get in your body,'' Reed said. "Most of my teammates -- and I tell them all the time -- you think just eating healthy is going to be the thing. You eat vegetables and you're eating grilled chicken and grilled fish, and that's enough. It's not. It's not enough. For this sport, it's not. I don't think they do enough medical-wise in the NFL to help us, to get past not only the concussions, but the wear and tear that we go through. It's a long grind.''
Reed isn't pushing for PEDs to be part of the NFL, but he thinks the recovery process needs to improve. It's not just the injuries. It's the wear and tear on the body.
"I'm not doing anything different in the training room now that I did in high school,'' Reed said. "There's still the same 'stim' machines, there's still ice and hot tub, there's no difference. There's really no difference, honestly. You might have a couple other little machines, but it hasn't been too much of a difference. I know what my doctor does for me, that a lot of other guys don't do that can help, but it's on you as a player to spend that money on yourself, to invest in yourself.''
Reed thinks the league should take some of the fine money and invest it in the training room.
"I've stressed rehab and recovery because that's the biggest part of it,'' Reed said. "You have to rehab after this season. You have to go right into that, your recovery process. Most of those guys, I don't know if they do that or not. I'm not working out with everybody, but you have to have some type of recovery. That's more of what's in you. It's inside your body.
"We all look good on the outside, but if you go to the doctor, what's the doctor going to treat you for? He's going to treat you for your symptoms. He's not going to treat you for what the core problem is. That's probably the biggest thing. We don't have the medical support in our training rooms. You really need to go outside of your training rooms, your training staffs to get medical treatment. Or ask your trainers how can you get better treatment.''