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Recommendations to aid NFL players’ health

first_imgThe Football Players Health Study at Harvard University released a set of recommendations today on issues affecting the health of National Football League (NFL) players. Among its major recommendations, the study said that club medical staffs should not have divided loyalties between players and clubs.The study also suggested further research into the health effects of playing football, and said that health care improvements should never be a bargaining chip in negotiating sessions between the NFL and the players union.A research initiative composed of data from several ongoing studies, the report, which is nearly 500 pages long, is based on an analysis performed over two years by researchers from The Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School. It’s the first comprehensive analysis of the legal and ethical obligations of groups influencing NFL players’ health.The report reviewed and evaluated the roles of 20 relevant stakeholders, including the NFL, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), players, and team doctors. The report made 10 major recommendations, and 76 in all.Its highlight findings addressed these key issues:Conflicts of interest: The current arrangement under which a team’s medical staff, including doctors and athletic trainers, have responsibility both to the players and to the club presents an inherent structural conflict of interest. A division of responsibilities between two groups of medical professionals is needed to minimize such conflict and ensure that players receive medical care that is as unbiased and uninfluenced by competing interests as possible. Care and treatment should be provided by one set of medical professionals, called the “players’ medical staff,” appointed by a joint committee with representation from both the NFL and NFLPA. The evaluation of players for business purposes should be conducted by a separate set of medical personnel, known as the “club evaluation doctors.”Player health and adversarial collective bargaining: The NFL and NFLPA should refrain from making improvements to player health policies a bargaining chip in labor negotiations, to the extent that this is not already the case. Players should never be asked to trade their health care for other benefits in the collective bargaining process.Ethical guidelines: Various stakeholders — including club doctors, athletic trainers, coaches, contract advisers, and financial advisers — should adopt, improve, and enforce codes of ethics specific to the environment of the NFL.Ongoing research into the health effects of the game: The NFL and NFLPA should continue to initiate and support efforts to scientifically and reliably identify the health risks and benefits of playing pro football.Access to data: The NFL and, to the extent possible, the NFLPA should make aggregate injury data publicly available for independent reanalysis. They should also continue to improve their data collection and offer it to qualified professionals for analysis.Meaningful penalties: The collective bargaining agreement should be amended to impose meaningful fines on any club or person found to have violated players’ rights to medical care and treatment.Investing in players’ health and care: The NFLPA should consider investing greater resources to investigate and enforce player health issues and enforce player rights.This report recommends that responsibility for player health should fall upon a diverse but interconnected web of the groups involved.“Our report shows how the various stakeholders might work together to protect and support NFL players who give so much of themselves — not without benefit, but sometimes with serious personal consequences — to one of America’s favorite sports,” said Glenn Cohen, professor of law at Harvard Law School and co-lead of the law and ethics initiative as part of the health study.“We are committed to addressing the needs of ‘the whole player, the whole life,’” said Alvaro Pascual-Leone, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and research director of the study. “As a physician, I know we must take an interdisciplinary approach to address important ethical and structural factors. This report elucidates many valuable points that we hope will lead to productive dialogue.”“This report offers vital recommendations to improve player health,” said Ed Reynolds, a former linebacker with the New England Patriots and New York Giants and an adviser on the study. “Many individuals and groups are involved, and we must continue this important dialogue to help keep NFL athletes healthy on the field and long after.”In the coming months, the law and ethics initiative will release several additional publications that cover other legal and ethical issues affecting NFL player health.last_img read more

Moore Stephens: Shipping Confidence at Three-and-a-Half-Year High

first_imgShipping confidence held steady at its highest rating in the past three-and-a-half years in the three months to end-November 2017, shipping adviser Moore Stephens said. The average confidence level expressed by respondents in Moore Stephens’ Shipping Confidence Survey was unchanged at the level of 6.2 out of 10.0 recorded in the previous survey in August 2017.Confidence on the part of charterers was significantly up, from 4.7 to 7.7, the highest rating recorded for this category of respondent since the survey was launched in May 2008 with an overall rating of 6.8.Managers — up from 5.8 to 6.1 — were also more optimistic, while brokers’ confidence was unchanged at 6.3. The rating for owners, however, fell from 6.5 to 6.4.Confidence levels were down in Asia, from 6.4 to 5.7, and unchanged in Europe and North America, at 6.3 and 5.8 respectively.The likelihood of respondents making a major investment or significant development over the next 12 months was down from 5.4 to 5.3 out of 10.0. Charterers’ confidence, however, was up from 4.0 to 6.2. Expectations on the part of owners and brokers were up from 5.8 to 5.9 and from 4.4 to 5.3 respectively, but down from 5.4 to 5.3 for managers. Asian respondents — down from 5.9 to 5.0 — were less confident in this regard, but in North Americ, the rating was up from 4.9 to 5.4. In Europe, expectations held steady at 5.2, according to Moore Stephens.Although overall expectations of making major investments over the next 12 months were marginally down on the three-year high recorded in the previous survey, several respondents saw encouraging signs of recovery, and potential for further improvement, particularly in the dry bulk sector.59% of respondents expected finance costs to increase over the coming year, up from 50% last time to equal the highest figure since October 2008. Owners’ expectations were up from 48% to 54%, while the increase for charterers was from 67% to 83%, and for brokers from 42% to 60%. Managers, meanwhile, recorded a fall from 62% to 61%.Despite a fall from 27% to 23%, demand trends continued to be the factor expected to influence performance most significantly over the coming 12 months followed by competition and finance costs.“Shipping continues to be volatile and unstable, with an oversupply of tonnage, and new finance continuing to pour in, while geopolitical issues and new regulations are causing disruption,” one respondent commented.The number of respondents expecting higher freight rates over the next 12 months in the tanker market was down by 1% on the previous survey to 44%, while there was a one-percentage-point fall, to 13%, in those anticipating lower rates. There was a six-percentage-point fall, to 50%, in the numbers expecting higher rates in the dry bulk sector, and a five-percentage-point increase to 12% in the numbers anticipating lower rates. In the container ship sector, the numbers expecting higher rates dropped by four percentage points to 36%, while there was a two-percentage-point fall, to 15%, in those anticipating lower container ship rates.Net sentiment was positive in all the main tonnage categories. It was unchanged in the tanker market at +31, but down in the dry bulk market from +49 to +38, and in the container ship sector from +23 to +21.“Charterers are leading the way in terms of improved confidence and appetite for new investment. There is optimism in the dry bulk trades, and evidence of continuing improved confidence in the gas sector. The Baltic Dry Index, meanwhile, has risen by over 50% in the past six months, and net sentiment in all three main tonnage categories remains positive,” Richard Greiner, partner, Shipping & Transport, said.“A slowdown in newbuilding activity has started to redress the imbalance in supply and demand, and that should be reflected in improved freight rates. There is an appetite for investment, and finance is available. The shipping recovery might not yet be fully under way, but 2017 may come to be regarded as the year when the downward spiral was halted,” Greiner added.Image Courtesy:  Moore Stephens, Pixabaylast_img read more

Inmates Accused Of Fighting After TV Argument

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG – Four inmates at Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center are facing felony charges after allegedly ganging up on another inmate after a dispute over what channel was on television.Luis Magallon, 33, Damon Miller, 21, Patrick Garvey, 28 and Dakota Fraley, 20, have been charged with criminal confinement resulting in bodily injury, a level 5 felony; as well as battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, a level 6 felony.The July 21 fight stemmed from a disagreement between Magaollon and fellow inmate Dwion Hicks, 35, over what channel was on TV in the day room, the Dearborn County Register reported.The fight started in one cell and later moved to a different area of the jail.Investigators say Magallon struck Hicks with his fist two or three times, then two other inmates, Miller and Garvey began attacking Hicks while Fraley held the door closed.Fraley eventually opened the door and Hicks left the area, police said.Magallon later told police Hicks pushed him, and the other inmates attempted to break it up. Fraley told investigators that he had been trying to get in the cell to stop the fight, not hold the door closed.The newspaper reports that Garvey told investigators something between Hicks and Magallon has been “brewing” for months.last_img read more

SU defense frustrates Daniels, backs up weeks of brash talk

first_img Comments TAMPA, Fla. — After the final seconds ticked down in Syracuse’s 13-9 victory over South Florida on Saturday, Anthony Perkins ventured to the Orange-clad section in the crowd stationed behind the SU bench. The 6-foot-4 defensive tackle strolled over and took off his helmet. And then, at the end of the performance, he took a bow. Perkins took a bow for Syracuse. And he took a bow for his defense. After weeks of brash talking without a concrete, complete performance to show for it, the SU defense finally owned up to its members’ words Saturday. With a simple game plan, the Orange pressured, hit and sacked USF quarterback B.J. Daniels throughout the day, never allowing him to get comfortable from the start. SU sacked Daniels four times and forced two interceptions, only allowing the Bulls to muster 219 total yards. In a game in which the Syracuse offense struggled until finally finding its rhythm on a 14-play, 98-yard drive in the fourth quarter, the team’s defense was responsible for keeping the contest competitive.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Defensively, they stepped up,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘I thought all of our guys played hard.’ From the beginning, SU implemented its game plan. The Bulls had arguably their best drive to start the game when they were able to easily move the ball downfield, before Daniels threw a jump ball that was intercepted by Orange cornerback Da’Mon Merkerson in the end zone. Thereafter, the Orange rushed Daniels hard. Hit and knocked him down with regularity. And most importantly, never allowed him to get comfortable. ‘You don’t want him to feel comfortable,’ senior linebacker Doug Hogue said. ‘Once he starts feeling comfortable in the pocket, starts running around and getting his own ‘swag’ and own groove and what not, that’s when we knew we were going to be in trouble. ‘So we were going to have to frustrate him. Keep him on his heels and make him make quick decisions.’ Many times, the SU defense didn’t allow Daniels enough time to make decisions. On the Bulls’ second drive, Syracuse safety Max Suter was the first to get in on the pressure-happy action, with a sack of Daniels for an eight-yard loss. Later that drive, it was Brandon Sharpe who was next to the party, sacking Daniels for a nine-yard loss after a roughing-the-punter penalty extended USF’s drive. Going into the contest, the Orange’s plan was built around countering Daniels’ shiftiness and elusiveness with pure strength. To fellow senior linebacker Derrell Smith, it was just that simple. The target was there. Hit him. ‘Basically, what you do is just hit him,’ Smith said. ‘The way you negate speed is to show power. I think our defense is both powerful and fast.’ And the Orange confused Daniels. Sometimes, defensive coordinator Scott Shafer sent six. Sometimes, he showed blitz but backed off, content to let the situation play itself out. ‘We blitzed from different directions,’ Smith said. ‘When (Daniels) thought we were going to blitz, we didn’t. When he didn’t think we were going to blitz, we did. I think we just confused their offense.’ While the defense was frustrating and confusing Daniels and the rest of the USF offense, it was keeping Syracuse’s offense in striking distance. In the defensive struggle, the two offenses combined for only one touchdown. The Bulls’ lone touchdown of the day came on a 94-yard kickoff return by Lindsey Lamar. Aside from leading the game-winning drive, SU quarterback Ryan Nassib struggled. He overthrew open receivers. He took bad sacks. He was unable to move the ball at times to win the field position battle. But each time, the Orange defense went out and one-upped the Bulls’ unit. ‘The defense showed up, they really did,’ Nassib said. ‘They showed up great. They showed a lot of their big-play mentality and made a lot of big plays. … All in all, that’s what they do. That’s what we expect every game.’ And now, to Hogue and the rest of the SU defense, the struggles at Washington and the incomplete performances against Maine and Colgate are distant memories. All that matters is complete domination, in the biggest win under Marrone. ‘That’s a thing of the past,’ Hogue said. ‘Now we just don’t care. We had a plan, and we executed it. ‘It was just about hitting this guy the whole game.’ [email protected] Published on October 10, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more