A Conversation with Former NFL Player Chris Long - The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast

A Conversation with Former NFL Player Chris Long



 

Many young athletes who play the sport of football have dreams and aspirations of playing in the NFL someday. Whether those dreams and aspirations are realistic or not is a different story. I could easily go through the statistics of the continually shrinking odds of the success rates of moving from high school to college to the NFL; it’s kind of depressing if you really look at it if you are hoping to have your spirits lifted. But with all the concern these days about long-term play in the NFL and the risk of developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, we have been seeing steadily declining numbers of football players in high school essentially each year over the last decade, although interestingly seeing a gradual increase of the number of female football players over the same period. What does the future hold for football? How much concern do NFL players have about CTE? Is it best for football players to play multiple sports? We tackle all this and more today on the podcast.

 

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Dr. Mark Halstead - Host of The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast - St. Louis, MOMark Halstead: 

Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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The Guest Featured Inside this Program

Chris Long - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadChris Long

Chris Long is the host of the Green Light Podcast, a highly entertaining podcast about all things sports and some things not so sports related. But besides his success in the podcasting world, he also is a 2-time Super Bowl Champion, having won back-to-back years with different teams, the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51 and then turned around and beat his former team playing with the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl 52. He had a highly successful football career at the University of Virginia which resulted in him being selected as the 2nd overall draft pick in the 2008 NFL draft, drafted by the St Louis Rams, which is where we first crossed paths. He retired in 2019 after 11 seasons in the NFL. He’s married with 2 young boys and, in case you weren’t aware, his dad and brother also played in the NFL.

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