NFL HEALTH AND SAFETY UPDATE — JANUARY 9, 2013
U.S. Army hosts high school football coaches at panel on traumatic brain injury
Last week in San Antonio, the U.S. Army hosted a moderated panel discussion on traumatic brain injury (TBI) for high school football coaches. Ninety coaches from across the country gathered to learn more about TBI and how to manage the injury properly in their players.
Panel members included Col. Jamie Grimes, National Director of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center; Dr. Arnold Vardiman, Diplomate American Board of Neurosurgical Surgeons; and Ernie Conwell of the NFL Players Association. Col Scott Bleichwehl from U.S. Army Public Affairs moderated the discussion. The panelists discussed the initiatives that the NFL and the NFL Players Association are taking to support research into TBI and educate coaches and players to recognize injury. The NFL has partnered with the U.S. Army to improve the understanding and treatment of TBI.
The NFL Player Care Foundation (PCF) announced a series of medical screenings for former players during Super Bowl Week in New Orleans. Together with the American Urological Association Foundation, the Living Heart Foundation, the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, the NFL PCF will host a two-day Healthy Body and Mind medical screening event, including free and confidential comprehensive cardiovascular, blood, sleep, nutrition and prostate screenings for all retired players, as well as counseling and resource services.
The event will also include a lecture series featuring national experts on brain health, including neurologists from the University of California San Francisco’s department of neurosurgery. 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, will deliver a talk on making a successful transition out of the game with a focus on mental health and resiliency.
Individual mental health counseling and resource services will also be available for former players.
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 helping retired players improve their quality of life. PCF addresses all aspects of life — medical, emotional, financial, social and community, providing programs and assistance in each area.
Players interested in taking part in the screening event may email DANA.LIHAN@NFLPCF.ORG.
Year in Review — Health & Safety Announcements in 2012
- July 16: NFL, NFLPA Agree on Full Funding of Legacy Benefits for Eligible Widows and Survivors of Pre-1993 Players
- July 26: NFL Launches New Comprehensive Total Wellness Program for Current and Former NFL Players
- Aug. 15: NFL Celebrates USA Football Month with Launch of USA Football’s Heads Up Football Initiative
- Aug. 30: U.S. Army and National Football League Announce Joint Health and Wellness Initiative
- Sept. 5: National Football League Grants $30 Million in Unrestricted Funding to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health for Medical Research
- Sept. 11: NFL Charities Awards More Than $1.5 Million in Sports Medical Research Grants*
- Oct. 16: Fall 2012 NFL Health and Safety Report
- Dec. 12: NFL Announces New Charitable Organization: The National Football League Foundation
- Dec. 20: HGH: Why Should Football Fans Care?
- March 21: All Clubs Directed to Ensure No Bounty Programs Exist
- June 20: Goodell and Durbin Discuss Bounty Program and Player Safety Issues
- July 10: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to Receive 2012 American Football Coaches Foundation CEO Coach of the Year Award
- July 27: Commissioner Email to Fans Announcing New Total Wellness Program
- Aug. 1: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum Join Akron-Area Youth League for New Helmet Presentation
- Aug. 16: Commissioner Email to Fans Highlights NFL’s Commitment to Player Health and Safety
- Aug. 31: Commissioner Email to Fans on Player Health and Safety
- Sept. 12: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Army Vice Chief of Staff General Lloyd Austin, Reps. Mike Thompson, Gus Bilirakis Join Forces to Tackle Traumatic Brain Injury
- Nov. 15: Commissioner Goodell’s Talk at Harvard on Health and Safety
- April 24: NFL Expands Overall Roster Limit to 90 Players
- Aug. 28: Oliver Luck Joins NFL Player Safety Advisory Panel
- Aug. 30: NFL-NFLPA Agree to Adopt Bylaw Proposals Involving Trade Deadline, Injured Reserve Rules
- Nov. 20: Video from Player Safety Advisory Panel — Championship Football
- Jan. 25: 20 Players Selected to Take Part in First-Ever “NFL Business of Music Boot Camp“
- March 7: 20 Players Selected to Take Part in First-Ever “NFL Pro Hollywood Boot Camp” at Universal Studios
- June 6: Sixth annual “NFL Broadcast Boot Camp” kicks off June 18
- Oct. 22: NFL players to take Part in NFL Career Transition Program October 26-29 at Stanford Graduate School of Business
- Dec. 10: NFL and IFA Launch Franchising Boot Camp at Ross School of Business at Univ. of Michigan
- Dec. 18: NFL Introduces Four New Boot Camps for Current and Former Players
- Jan. 27: 2012 Pro Bowl Community Events
- May 15: Youth Football Safety and Helmet Replacement Partnership Launches
- June 26: NFL and NFLPA Commend Pop Warner, USA Football’s Efforts to Protect Player Health and Safety
- July 10: USA Football, Four NFL Teams Staging Health Clinics
- July 18: NFL and USA Football Select More Than 150 High School Football Coaches and Youth Administrators to Attend Youth Football Summit*
- Sept. 1: NFL and its Players Renew Commitment to Know Your Stats About Prostate Cancer Health
- Sept. 17: NFL Charities Awards $2.2 Million to The Cooper Institute*
- Oct. 1: NFL Supports National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Fourth-Annual A Crucial Catch Campaign Benefitting The American Cancer Society
- Oct. 23: NFL Celebrates Youth Health and Wellness During League-Wide Day of Service with United Way
- Nov. 21: NFL Celebrates Youth Health and Fitness with NFL Play 60 Games Thanksgiving Weekend
* UPDATE: In December 2012, the NFL announced the creation of the National Football League Foundation (NFL Foundation) following an update to the structure of the NFL?s philanthropic organizations. The NFL Youth Football Fund was merged with NFL Charities and then renamed NFL Foundation. For more information about the NFL Foundation, visit: www.nflfoundation.org
– NFL Communications