Aaron Rodgers describes NFL’s pain management treatment as ‘backwards’ for pushing addictive painkillers instead of natural remedies

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At various times over the past nine years of his career, Aaron Rodgers has managed to become a controversial figure. Sometimes it’s his actions, and other times it’s his words.

The four-time NFL MVP’s recent appearance on the ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast shouldn’t raise any red flags. Unless you’re on the business side of the NFL.

In an extensive podcast appearance, Rodgers and Rogan touched on several different topics, including his “immune” moment from last season.

But perhaps the most notable segment came when Rodgers reflected on his past experiences with painkillers and how the NFL has continued to drop the ball when it comes to pain management for its athletes. He first spoke about his personal experience with pain management and what he used to manage it earlier in his career.

“Pain management, especially with our sport, is fascinating how things are ‘treated’. I use treatment quotes because up until probably a decade ago it was readily available to get oxy, percocet, vicodin, whatever you wanted…. you played [on painkillers]absolutely. [I played] on Percocet. It was more for pain management so I wasn’t taking a high dosage, but stupid, ultimately. Here’s the thing: I’ve had knee problems for a long time and you’re on anti-inflammatories. You are taking anti-inflammatories, they all come with a warning that if you take them for more than a few weeks you must have your blood tested as it can damage your liver. There are so many things you can take right now, anti-inflammatories, that are natural, that don’t harm your body.

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Then Rodgers admitted that the NFL has taken steps to improve its efforts, such as its $1 million investment in the study of cannabis and CBD in February, but the QB is still puzzled as to how the league does not support the use of CBD and other natural pain remedies that do not cause harm. In 2022, the NFL still prohibits the use of CBD and marijuana. Rodgers called the whole system “an upside-down ass”.

“It’s the ass upside down, the whole treatment of professional athletes — certainly in our sport, that we keep giving that stuff away,” Rodgers said.

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Again, Rodgers makes an important point that is hard to argue. It seems that the NFL prefers its players to be addicted to harmful drugs and painkillers, instead of actually caring about their long-term health using natural and safe remedies.

Well, where have we heard this one before? It’s no surprise to hear that the NFL is so myopic and has no concerns about players once they retire.

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In this case, Rodgers hit the problem right on the head. It’s time for the NFL to move away from those nasty substances that Rodgers mentioned like Oxycodone, Percocet and Vicodin. None of this is natural, and as Rodgers has said before, he doesn’t want that shit in his body. We don’t blame him.

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