NFL retired players survey

Poll Questions

Q: Generally speaking, how happy are you that you played in the NFL? Are you

Q: Thinking about your time in the NFL, how many major injuries - ones that caused you to miss at least one game - did you have?

Q: How often, if at all, did you play in NFL games while you were hurt?

Q: (IF PLAYED HURT FREQUENTLY/SOMETIMES/RARELY) When you played hurt, was that mainly because...?

Q: Looking back, do you wish you had played through pain more often, less often, or do you think you did this about the right amount?

Q: (IF WISH PLAYED THROUGH PAIN LESS OFTEN) At the time, did you feel you had a choice in the matter, or not? (About whether or not to play through pain)

Q: How would you rate the quality of medical care you received from team trainers?

Q: How would you rate the quality of medical care you received from team doctors

Q: Do you feel the team doctors mainly prioritized...?

Q: While you played in the NFL, did you ever seek medical opinions outside of team trainers or doctors, or not?

Q: Were you generally encouraged or discouraged by teams to seek second opinions from outside medical professionals, or were you neither encouraged nor discouraged?

Q: On another subject...Do you suffer from aches and pains on a daily basis, or not?

Q: (IF SUFFER FROM ACHES AND PAINS) In your opinion, how much of these aches and pains do you think were caused by playing football?

Q: Just your best guess, how many concussions do you think you had while playing in the NFL? IF UNSURE: Are you unsure whether you had ANY concussions, or unsure how many, but are sure you've had at least one concussion?

Q: (IF HAD CONCUSSIONS) Do you have any continuing symptoms as a result of these concussions?

Q: Have you ever had an orthopedic surgery, or not? (for example: knee, ankle, hip, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, spine)

Q: How many orthopedic surgeries have you had?

Q: Have you ever had a joint replacement or been advised that you will need one, or haven't you?

Q: While you played in the NFL, did you ever feel pressure from team doctors to take medication you were uncomfortable with, or not?

Q: As far as you can remember, did you ever take the pain medication known as "Toradol" from team doctors, or not? (Results based on players who retired 1990 and later)

Q: (IF TOOK TORADOL) How often, if ever, did you take Toradol before games to help with pain you expected to feel during games?

Q: In general, would you recommend children today to play youth or high school football, or would you discourage them from it?

Q: What is your age?

Q: Race and ethnicity

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