Lawmakers Question NFL Doctors Over Head Injuries

May 27, 2010

Members of the House Judiciary Committee have criticized the NFL’s methods of research into the safety measures taken with its equipment, particularly helmets.

The committee held a forum this week during which it also expressed dissatisfaction with how the league is handling traumatic head injuries to retired players.

Committee chairwoman Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., and Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., questioned Dr. Richard Ellenbogen and Dr. Hunt Batjer, the co-chairmen of the NFL’s head, neck and spine medical committee.

During the proceedings, Weiner said: “Shouldn’t the question be what’s best for the players, protection for the noggin that’s of the highest quality?”

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