NFL HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE — JANUARY 16, 2013
NFL includes health and safety programming for youth throughout Super Bowl week
During Super Bowl week, youth and families will learn more about the NFL’s health and safety work during their time at the NFL Experience Driven by GMC, the NFL’s interactive theme park.
NFL Experience will feature an interactive NFL Health and Safety exhibit, highlighting the league’s work on advocacy, safety rules, research and equipment. Fans can also get a firsthand look at examples of the protective knee and thigh pads that will be mandatory equipment for all NFL players beginning with the 2013 season.
Children and adults can also learn about and practice the importance of proper tackling through a USA Football Heads Up Football exhibit.
Every child who takes part in the NFL PLAY 60 youth football clinics held at NFL Experience will learn about concussion awareness and treatment and about the importance of hydration from doctors from LSU Health Sciences Center before taking the field.
A special exhibit on the importance of helmet fit will feature demonstrations and fitting sessions from Riddell and Rawlings.
NFL Player Care Foundation hosts health screenings and wellness resource fair In conjunction with NFL Career Transition Program
On Jan. 19, retired NFL players will have the chance to receive free health screenings at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. The event will provide a series of free cardiovascular screenings, prostate cancer testing, mental health counseling and information on available resources and services. The event is offered by the NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF). Formed by the NFL in partnership with the NFL Players Association, Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the NFL Alumni Association, the NFL PCF is an independent organization dedicated to assisting retired players in improving their quality of life. PCF addresses all aspects of life — medical, emotional, financial, social and community, providing programs and assistance in each area.
The screenings will coincide with the start of the NFL Career Transition Program (CTP) at Georgia Tech University. The CTP is a four-day symposium offered by NFL Player Engagement to recently retired players. It was created to provide information and skills for players to help them manage the emotional, physical, and financial challenges associated with transitioning to life after the NFL. The PCF will host a Wellness Resource Fair at Georgia Tech, which will feature representatives from the NFL, CIGNA, and also representatives from the American Urological Association Foundation and Living Heart Foundation to discuss mental, neurological cardiovascular and prostate health.
To learn more about the NFL Career Transition Program, click here.
To learn more about the NFL Player Care Foundation, click here.
– NFL Communications