Dr. John Heil was interviewed by Annie-Rose Strasser on playing with pain and injury. Selected comments follow:
“You can see where people will make some compromises with their health in certain critical situations, but it’s very important that ... the the choice be an informed one,”
“There’s pretty horrible stories about athletes being forced to play and suffering catastrophic consequences...from a career perspective."
"The pressure to play through injuries isn’t necessarily a big problem for professionals — they have some autonomy — but it can trickle down to high school or college athletes who can’t always make choices for themselves as easily. On any level, though, that pressure is real. "