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NFL Players Who Opted Out of the 2020 Season

Due to the COVID pandemic, the 2880 players in the NFL were offered an “opt-out” of this year’s season if they or a family member were at high risk of suffering severe complications due to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

If they were considering an opt-out, they needed to commit by the August 6th deadline, and 67 players chose to do so.

According to Theathletic.com, these include:

  • Arizona Cardinals: OL Marcus Gilbert
  • Baltimore Ravens: OT Andre Smith, KR De’Anthony Thomas
  • Buffalo Bills: DT Star Lotulelei, CB E.J. Gaines
  • Carolina Panthers: LB Jordan Mack, LB Christian Miller
  • Chicago Bears: DT Eddie Goldman, S Jordan Lucas
  • Cincinnati Bengals: OT Isaiah Prince, DT Josh Tupou
  • Cleveland Browns: G Drew Forbes, OT Drake Dorbeck, DT Andrew Billings, G Colby Gossett, G Malcolm Pridgen
  • Dallas Cowboys: CB Maurice Canady, WR Stephen Guidry, FB Jamize Olawale
  • Denver Broncos: DL Kyle Peko, RT Ja’Wuan James
  • Detroit Lions: DT John Atkins, WR Geronimo Allison, C Russell Bodine
  • Green Bay Packers: WR Devin Funchess
  • Houston Texans: DL Eddie Vanderdoes
  • Indianapolis Colts: LB Skai Moore, CB Marvell Tell, DB Rolan Milligan
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: DT Al Woods, DE Lerentee McCray, CB Rashaan Melvin
  • Kansas City Chiefs: RB Damien Williams, OL Lucas Niang, OG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif,
  • Las Vegas Raiders: CB D.J. Killings, DE Jeremiah Valoaga,  LB Ukeme Eligwe
  • Los Angeles Rams: OT Chandler Brewer
  • Miami Dolphins:  WR Allen Hurns, WR Albert Wilson
  • Minnesota Vikings: DT Michael Pierce
  • New England Patriots: RB Brandon Bolden, S Patrick Chung, OT Marcus Cannon*, LB Dont’a Hightower, C/G Najee Toran, FB Danny Vitale, WR Marqise Lee, TE Matt LaCosse
  • New Orleans Saints: TE Cole Wick, TE Jason Vander Laan
  • New York Giants: WR Da’Mari Scott, CB Sam Beal, OT Nate Solder, who is a cancer survivor and whose son is currently battling cancer
  • New York Jets: LB C.J. Mosley, OL Leo Koloamatangi, WR Josh Doctson
  • Philadelphia Eagles: WR Marquise Goodwin
  • San Francisco 49ers: WR Travis Benjamin, OT Shon Coleman, G/C Jake Brendel
  • Seattle Seahawks: OL Chance Warmack
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers: T Brad Seaton
  • Tennessee Titans: OT Anthony McKinney
  • Washington Football Team: DL Caleb BrantleyLB Josh Harvey-Clemons

The Chargers, Falcons, and Steelers reported no player withdrawals.

There were 2 types of “opt-out”; those who had a medical necessity (high risk), and those who were not at high risk and chose voluntarily to opt out.

Those in the high risk category were offered a $350,000 stipend. Those in the low risk category received $150,000, counted as a salary advance.

If a player, who didn’t opt out, becomes exposed or needs to leave mid-season, they too will receive a $150,000 stipend minus any salary they had received thus far.

Chief’s Damian Williams chose the opt out as his mother has “Stage 4 Cancer”.

As it appears, according to the above list no quarterbacks have chosen to opt out, nor kickers or punters.

This year the NFL kicks off September 10th.

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The Washington Redskins Are Now The “Washington Football Team”

The Redskins have officially changed their name for the 2020 season and will be called the Washington Football Team.

This name beat out other contenders including the Washington Warriors, the Red Tails, the Red Hawks, and the Red Wolves.

Their logo is the following:

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This will serve as the current team’s name and logo until a new one is chosen.

After years of pressure, and recent threat of multiple sponsor pullout, the 87 year-old NFL team dropped the Redskin logo and name delineating a Native American Chief.

Their twitter account also brands a gold W with a burgundy background.

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In 1932 the franchise was born, but played in Boston’s Braves Field and hence was originally the Braves.

Then the next year they moved to Fenway Park and took on the name Redskins. In 1937 they moved to Washington DC and remained ever since, winning 3 Superbowls.

The burgundy and gold colors will remain once a new name is chosen.

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Washington Redskins to Officially Change their Name

Multiple sources have reported that the Washington Redskins will officially change their name.

After years of pressure, and recent threat of multiple sponsor pullout, the 87 year-old NFL team will drop the logo and name delineating a Native American Chief.

In 1932 the franchise was born, but played in Boston’s Braves Field and hence was originally the Washington Braves.

Then the next year they moved to Fenway Park and took on the name Redskins. In 1937 they moved to Washington DC and remained ever since, winning 3 Superbowls.

The new name will not be announced for a while as it undergoes trademark processing, however “Warriors” appears to be a front runner.

It is also believed that the burgundy and gold colors will remain.

This is a developing story….

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Using the NFL Injury Report to Pick this Week’s Winners

The NFL Injury Report tells us all we need to know to make our picks.

For years I’ve been dissecting the NFL Injury Report and predicting who would win during the playoffs and Superbowl. When you’re a doctor who loves football, it’s not that difficult.

So my success has prompted me to make the risky move of posting my strategy and results.  There are varying levels of theory, just like layers of the epidermis.  And each deeper layer of prediction should confirm the simpler ones.  But if I can’t scientifically deduce the winner, I wing it.

Method 1 – Number game

Let’s take for example Thursday night’s game between the Packers and the Bears.  According the NFL injury report, there were 3 injuries reported for both teams, but an additional 3 Packers had limited or participation in practice. If specific injuries are not listed, we can sometimes count how many did not participate in practice.  A novice may just say 3 is less than 6 so the Bears will win.  But as a physician, this is not good enough.  We need to also look at the types of injuries.

Method 2 – Anatomy counts

According to the NFL Injury report, with Game 1 of the season, the Packers sustained injuries to the chest, hamstring and neck.  The Bears, however sustained injuries to the  groin, elbow and knee.  Yes, Lawrence Burton’s groin injury is very telling. Why?

Think about when you were playing football.  If you hurt a finger you still played.  If you sprained your knee, you toughed it out. But what happened when you sustained a groin injury.  You were leveled.  Probably couldn’t even get up.  So any injury involving the groin is physically devastating for a player, and from a psychological standpoint, the whole team.

If a groin injury specifically is not incurred and reported by the NFL injury report, then you look at the injuries closest to the groin.  A head injury is also very concerning so that will come after groin.  Hence the scale from most devastating to least in terms of injured body parts listed is:

Groin < head/concussion < hip< < glute < quad < hamstring  < eye < abdomen < chest < knee < shoulder < calf < arm < ankle < foot < wrist < hand < finger < toe.  

The Bear’s groin injury, according to our scale, was the most significant, so the team unfortunately wasn’t looking very good for Thursday night’s game.

 

Method 3 – Colors 

In case of a tie….meaning both teams sustained equal numbers of groin injuries or subsequent proximal body parts, we look to the main colors of the Jersey.  Black, Blue, Green and Yellow will fare worse than White and Red, Brown. In medicine, Black may happen with necrosis, Blue is associated with hypoxia, Green- mucous, Yellow – gonorrhea.  White and Red are fairly routine and healthy colors in medicine (bones and blood).  Silver and Purple are colors that are fairly neutral as we usually don’t see those colors on a routine basis in medicine unless with hair.

Therefore, the color scale from most problematic to least is:

Black < Blue < Yellow < Green < Orange < Purple < Silver < White < Red.

Again this is only used if predictions cannot be made due to an anatomical tie.  Again I must stress we do not use the color method unless we are unable to predict using the NFL injury report.

With Thursday night’s game, the Packers wore white and the Bears wore blue.   So based on jersey color, the Bears were again at a disadvantage.

Hence we saw the Packers start their season with a victory.

So what will happen this Sunday?  Let’s use what we learned to predict the winners!!

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Rams vs. Panthers

Panther’s are reporting a concussion injury

Prediction:  Rams

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Titans vs Browns

Titan’s double knee injury compared to a Brown’s hamstring…..

Prediction:  Too close to call

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Chiefs vs. Jaguars

The Jags’ multiple injuries make them no match

Prediction:  Chiefs

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Ravens vs. Dolphins

The Dolphins have injured everything but their dorsal fins…

Prediction:  Ravens

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Falcons vs Vikings

Stefon Diggs’ hamstring injury puts the Vikings at a huge disadvantage

Prediction:  Falcons

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Bills vs Jets

Too many injuries close to Jets’ groins

Prediction:  Bills

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Redskins vs Eagles

Concussions may sink the Skins

Prediction: Eagles

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Colt’s vs Chargers

Groin injury vs losing your quarterback…..

Prediction:  Too Close Too Call

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Bengal’s vs Seahawks

Concussion listed for the Bengals

Prediction: Seahawks

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Lions Vs Cardinals

Even number of joints on this one…

Prediction:  Too Close To Call

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Giant’s vs Cowboys

Hamstrings are too close to the groin for comfort

Prediction:  Cowboys

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49’ers and Buccaneers

Not sure what to make of Evan’s illness, but I’ll assume its a cold

Prediction:  Bucks

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Steelers vs Patriots

Patriots just signed Antonio Brown…..they’re going to the Superbowl

Prediction: Patriots

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We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, iHeart and is a Board Certified Family Physician

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Concussions Can Lead to Erectile Dysfunction

A recent study has found former NFL players to be at risk for erectile dysfunction if they sustained a concussion during sports.

Harvard researchers looked at 3,400 former professional football players and found in those who sustained some sort of head trauma, 18% had low testosterone (Low T), 23% reported erectile dysfunction (ED) and 10% had both low T and ED.

The cause of the low testosterone is not clear, but researchers believe it could be due to damage to the pituitary gland.  If the gland is damaged, signals to the testes where testosterone is produced could be disrupted.

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Authors write:

One possible explanation, the research team said, could be injury to the brain’s pituitary gland that sparks a cascade of hormonal changes culminating in diminished testosterone and ED. This biological mechanism has emerged as a plausible explanation in earlier studies that echo the current findings, such as reports of higher ED prevalence and neurohormonal dysfunction among people with head trauma and traumatic brain injury, including military veterans and civilians with head injuries.

The more head injuries, the higher the risk of sexual side effects noted.  Medical providers need to be aware that among the issues that could arise down the line in those who sustain trauma to the head (i.e. headaches, mood swings, insomnia, depression), sexual dysfunction may need to be screened as well.

Could Dementia and CTE be Prevented with Oxygen Therapy?

 

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Are Many Athletes at Risk for Depression?

 

ED Linked to Heart Disease

For years, men have voiced frustration when their medical providers insisted on a cardiac workup prior to initiating an ED prescription.  Some thought it was because they’d have a heart attack during sex.  But it’s not.  Erectile dysfunction is a vascular issue, and if the vessels of the penis are compromised, how does one know his heart vessels aren’t as well?

Now in a recent study from John Hopkins School of Medicine found an increase risk of stroke, heart attack and cardiac arrests in those men who suffered from erectile dysfunction.  Study author, Michael Blaha, professor of Medicine, states, “Our findings suggest that clinicians should perform further targeted screening in men with erectile dysfunction, regardless of other cardiac risk factors and should consider managing any other risk factors — such as high blood pressure or cholesterol — that much more aggressively.”

 

Last December, a study published in the Journal of Vascular Medicine, found the same risk factors leading to erectile dysfunction are also culprits in heart disease.

Risk factors shared by both erectile dysfunction and heart disease include:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Men over age 45
  • Physical inactivity
  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Family history of heart disease

 

Last year, researchers from Mount Sinai Medical Center, Florida International University and Baptist Health South Florida reviewed multiple studies and found a link between erectile dysfunction and compromised blood vessels whose endothelium (lining) demonstrated impaired vessel relaxation. This is necessary for both erections as well as blood flow to the heart and rest of the body.

Moreover carotid media-intima thickness, a marker of atherosclerosis, appeared to be correlated to erectile dysfunction as well.

Both studies remind us that if one bodily function is impaired, other organs may be quietly suffering the same impairment.

I like to credit the pharmaceutical companies that created erectile dysfunction drugs with saving millions of men’s lives as:

  1. Men who would refuse to come into any doctor’s office now had an incentive to, resulting in a long-overdue check-up
  2. Those who saw providers who required an EKG or diabetic screening, and unknowingly suffered from a serious cardiac risk factor, could now be diagnosed.
  3. ED drugs allowed those men who couldn’t enjoy sex to now get some much-needed physical activity

Young men aren’t immune to cardiovascular disease and need to be screened as well if they have issues starting or maintaining erections.

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Medicine Can Easily Predict This Year’s Super Bowl Winner

The NFL Injury Report tells us all we need to know to make our picks.

For years I’ve been dissecting the NFL Injury Report and predicting who would win during the playoffs and Super Bowl. When you’re a doctor who loves football, it’s not that difficult.

So my success has prompted me to make the risky move of posting my strategy and results.  There are varying levels of theory, just like layers of the epidermis.  And each deeper layer of prediction should confirm the simpler ones.  But if I can’t scientifically deduce the winner, I wing it.

Method 1 – Number game

Let’s take for example the AFC/NFC Conference Championship games between the Chiefs and the Patriots and the Saints and Rams.  According the NFL injury report, the Saints had 2 injuries while the Rams had zero.  Then there was 1 injury reported for the Chiefs and 0 for the Patriots.  A novice may just think 0 is less than 2 or the Saints and 1 for the Chiefs so the winners would be the Rams and Patriots.  But as a physician, this is not good enough.   We need to also look at the types of injuries.

 

Method 2 – Anatomy counts

According to the NFL Injury report during the playoff game between the Cowboys and the Rams, the Boys sustained an injury to the groin and the Rams, a thigh.  These are very telling. Why?

Think about when you were playing football.  If you hurt a finger you still played.  If you sprained your knee, you toughed it out. But what happened when you sustained a groin injury.  You were leveled.  Probably couldn’t even get up.  So any injury involving the groin is physically devastating for a player, and from a psychological standpoint, the whole team.

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If a groin injury specifically is not incurred and reported by the NFL injury report, then you look at the injuries closest to the groin.  A head injury is also very concerning so that will come after groin.  Hence the scale from most devastating to least in terms of injured body parts listed is:

Groin < head/concussion < hip< < glute < quad < hamstring  < eye < abdomen < chest < knee < shoulder < calf < arm < ankle < foot < wrist < hand < finger < toe.  

The groin injury reported on the Cowboy’s roster unfortunately sealed their fate.

If specific injuries are not listed, we can sometimes count how many did not participate in practice.

 

Method 3 – Colors 

In case of a tie….meaning both teams sustained equal numbers of groin injuries or subsequent proximal body parts (or no injuries are being reported for the week), we look to the main colors of the jersey.  Black, Blue, Green and Yellow will fare worse than White and Red, Brown. In medicine, Black may happen with necrosis, Blue is associated with hypoxia, Green- mucous, Yellow – gonorrhea.  White and Red are fairly routine and healthy colors in medicine (bones and blood).  Silver and Purple are colors that are fairly neutral as we usually don’t see those colors on a routine basis in medicine unless with hair.

Therefore, the color scale from most problematic to least is:

Black < Blue < Yellow < Green < Orange < Purple < Silver < White < Red.

Again this is only used if predictions cannot be made due to an anatomical tie.  Again I must stress we do not use the color method unless we are unable to predict using the NFL injury report.

So in light of the NFL Injury report failing to list the injuries for Sunday’s game, we must go with the colors.

This Super Bowl, the Patriots will be wearing white while the Rams will be in vintage blue and yellow.

The prediction….another Patriots win.

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Hey… don’t throw shade…..its science.

 

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Clavicle, Collarbone Fractures – Your Questions Answered

On Sunday, Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers suffered a collarbone fracture and may be out for the season.  Here are your questions answered.

What exactly is a collarbone?

The collarbone is another name for the clavicle.  It’s the bone that connects the scapula (shoulder-blade) to the sternum (breastbone).  We have one on each side and it runs horizontally providing shoulder girdle support.  Not only does it provide upper skeletal strength and support but it also protects many major vessels that run underneath it.

 

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What’s a collarbone fracture?

The clavicle (collarbone) is one of the most common types of bones to fracture during sports injuries.  There are three major Groups or Types of clavicle fractures.

Type I – is the most common and occurs in the middle third of the clavicle

Type II – is the second most common and occurs distally, or closer to the shoulder.

Type III – is the most rare and occurs the most medially, or closer to the rib cage/sternum.

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What are the signs/symptoms of a clavicle fracture?

Before bruising and swelling ensue, one will have sharp pain in the area of the collarbone and have difficulty moving his shoulder.

So signs of a clavicle fracture include:

Pain

Loss of range of motion of the shoulder

A bulge at the fracture site

Swelling

Bruising

Tenderness at the fracture area

In young children, not wanting to move the arm on the affected side

 

How are collarbone fractures treated?

If the bone has not shifted too significantly, clavicle fractures can be treated non- surgically.  Arm slings will be given to decrease the movement of the shoulder girdle.  Pain medication and antiinflammatories may be prescribed, and physical therapy will be instituted immediately to improve range of motion and strength.

If the clavicle is displaced significantly from the injury then surgery will be needed to reunite the ends using plates, rods and screws.

 

How long does it take collarbone fractures to heal?

In adults, healing could take anywhere from 6-12 weeks.  For children, clavicle fractures may heal sooner.

How does one prevent a collarbone fracture?

During sports, protective equipment is key to avoiding injuries from falls and tackles.  As in Aaron Rodger’s and Tony Romo’s cases, being sacked by another large player barreling towards them must be avoided at all costs.

 

 

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Aaron Hernandez had “Most Severe Case” of CTE: Family to Sue NFL

Ex-Patriot’s tight end, and convicted murder, Aaron Hernandez, was found postmortem to have had severe CTE.

Athletes who sustain multiple concussions are at high risk of developing CTE, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.  This progressive, degenerative disease of the brain is also found in veterans and those who sustained repeated head trauma.  Symptoms include mood disorders, paranoia, impulse control issues, aggression, and memory loss to name a few.

A lawsuit (reportedly $20 million) has been filed by the family against the NFL and New England Patriots.  Hernandez was only 27 years old when he hung himself in his prison cell April 19th of this year.

Researchers from Boston University concluded the 27 year-old football star had stage 3 of 4 CTE.  This severity is rarely seen in someone this young.

The lawsuit claims that by the time Hernandez joined the NFL, the league knew of the dangers of concussions and led players to believe they were safe.  Attorney Jose Baez stated the Patriots and NFL were “fully aware of the damage that could be inflicted from repetitive impact injuries and failed to disclose, treat or protect him from the dangers of such damage.”

Neuropatholoigsts found loss of brain volume (atrophy), and tau protein deposits throughout his frontal lobes.  The frontal lobe of the brain regulates impulse control, memory, judgement, social behavior and problem solving.

What are the stages of CTE?

The CTE Stages are as follows:

Stage 1: Loss of concentration, attention, dizziness and headaches

Stage 2: Additionally short term memory loss,  mood disorder such as depression, and at times explosive outbursts

Stage 3: Worsening loss of memory, judgement, ability to do daily tasks, movement disorders, tremors and suicidality

Stage 4: Amnesia, severe cognitive impairment, evidence of dementia.

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This is a developing story.

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

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NFL celebrations are coming back…well almost

The NFL is set to relax some of the touchdown celebration rules but will hold off allowing the ever-so-popular twerk.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced using the ball as a prop (as Antonio Brown perfectly executes in the above picture) and snow angels will be allowed.

 

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Twerking however will be prohibited.  Goodell stated, “Offensive demonstrations, celebrations that are prolonged and delay the game, and those directed at an opponent, will still be penalized.”

 

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Antonio Brown’s celebration above after scoring a touchdown against the Redskins cost him a $24,309 fine and the team a 15 yard penalty.

The NFL frowns upon “unsportsmanlike behavior” and “taunting”.  Hence, the bans were originally put in place to promote good sportsmanship and prevent fights in the end zone.  However, players many times use their celebration to reinforce their identity and please their fans.

 

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Some, such as Dallas Cowboy’s Ezekiel Elliot, have used their celebration to help promote charity.

 

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The NFL, coined the “No Fun League”, will be praised for this move as the sport is viewed by an average 16.5 million people each year who love watching their team make a touchdown.

 

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Using the NFL Injury Report to predict Conference Championship winners

The concussions listed hurt the Packers and Steelers so this week it will be

Patriots

Falcons close though but Packers deserve a spanking after last week’s Dallas game

We pray that no one gets hurt and those who do recover quickly.  Here’s to rounding out a safe season of one of the best sports ever!!  FOOTBALL!!

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician