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An Orthopaedic View of The NFL Mandatory Pad Rule

Posted on May 24, 2012 to AOC Physician Articles

Regarding the recent mandate by the NFL authorities to require football players to wear knee pads and thigh pads. I am confused as to the reasoning why this mandate has been imposed upon the players. From an orthopaedic point of view and as a sports medicine physician who sees football injuries all the time, the only thing that I see that a knee pad or a thigh pad would protect would be to ameliorate contusions. Knee pads and thigh pads do not prevent ligament injuries. I would be curious to see the evidence used to reach this decision.

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