Whistleblowing Concussions In The NFL

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E. Does the NFL have a code of ethics or whistleblowing protection in place for the reporting of such unethical behavior? If yes, why did these measures not prevent the problem? If no, could these measures have prevented the problem? (8 points)

Yes, NFL outlines for players steps taken to address concussions
National Football League, Published: Aug. 14, 2007 at 07:08 p.m. Updated: July 26, 2012 at 08:55 p.m. The National Football League has outlined for NFL players, coaches, and staff members the recent steps that have been taken to address the management of concussions in the NFL.

"We want to make sure all NFL players, coaches and staff members are fully informed and take advantage of the most up-to-date information and resources as
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Discuss three organizational factors (recall these include culture, leadership, what is rewarded/punished, obedience to authority, bystander effect, group think/conformity, dissociative effect, etc.) that needs to be different to make a difference in the area of concussions and improving the long term health and safety of players(10 points for discussing each factor, explaining how each factor is allowing the unethical conduct to occur/continue and how you would change it for a total of 30 points)

1. Culture: The organizational culture of the NFL has to make a cultural shift to change the “warrior mentality” of players unwilling to disclose when they are hurt. The stakeholders of these games must think about the long-term implications of their actions. Team doctors and coaches need to rethink the terms of being injured and being hurt and start to think of players in a sense of human beings not as property or assets. As a kid growing up, my coaches often asked members of my teams where we hurt or injured, I never knew the difference. Here 's something I found on the
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Obedience to authority-players and especially team physicians need to break this organizational factor. Although humans have been shown to be obedient in the presence of perceived legitimate authority figures, as shown by the Milgram experiment in the 1960s, the experiment showed that obedience to authority was the norm, not the exception. Doctors must first accomplish this according to a phrase found in Epidemics, Book I, of the Hippocratic school: "Practice two things in your dealings with disease: either help or do not harm the patient". Doctors must act without regard to the institution they work for, meaning the team. A new governing body must be established in the NFL that has only the facts of each case not associated with the league nor an individual team. Each team must provide funding to this organization and they will assign doctors to each team and only report to this organization without league and team interference. Preferably these doctors will not be fans of the sport. Hopefully this will prevent players being put back into a game before NFL protocols are

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