NFL HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE — FEBRUARY 13, 2013
Super Bowl health screenings yield benefits for players
In the days leading to the Super Bowl, the NFL Player Care Foundation held health screenings in New Orleans for former and current NFL players. Health care professionals offered cardiovascular and urological screenings to help identify players at risk of experiencing issues with obesity, high blood pressure and prostate health. The screenings were hosted by the NFL Player Care Foundation, the Living Heart Foundation and the Urology Care Foundation.
Attendees also had the opportunity to attend a lecture “Post-NFL Brain Health: What You Need to Know,” featuring neurologists from the University of California-San Francisco department of neurosurgery, including Dr. Mitchel Berger, who also serves as a subcommittee chair on the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee. The lecture focused on the signs and symptoms of declining cognitive function, what people should do if they are concerned and where to get help.
In addition, Dr. David Satcher, 16th Surgeon General of the United States, current director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, and a mental health advisor to the NFL, spoke about mental health and its importance when transitioning from playing in the NFL to retirement. Following the lecture, players and their significant others had the opportunity to ask questions as well as to meet privately with trained professionals.
Following the event, former NFL player Mark Walczak said, “I was overwhelmed with the wonderful and valuable screening provided in New Orleans. … This screening is an important gesture of caring that provides excellent proactive and preventative care for our former players. This screening provides further evidence at the highest level that the NFL truly cares about players, past and present.”
For more information about the Player Care Foundation, click here.
IU Health & Wellness Report
A recent Indiana Health & Wellness Report commented on a concussion study co-authored by health care and legal expert David Orentlicher, who teaches at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Orentlicher investigated how medical experts’ knowledge and understanding of concussions has developed over the past several decades. The Brandeis University (B.A., 1977), Harvard Medical School (M.D., 1981) and Harvard Law School (J.D., 1986) graduate observed that neurologists in past decades were slow to recognize the effects of concussions.
To view the complete study, click here.