NFL Charities Awards More Than $1.5 Million in Sports Medical Research Grants

More than $950,000 Dedicated to Concussion Prevention and Treatment

NFL Charities, the charitable foundation of the National Football League owners, has awarded more than $1.5 million in grants to support sports-related medical research at 15 organizations, the NFL announced today.  Of these grants, more than $950,000 will go to studying concussion prevention and treatment. A list of recipient organizations is below.

“We are proud to support sports-related medical research through NFL Charities Medical Research Grants,” said COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL. “These research projects have implications far beyond football, and we are committed to playing a role in helping make sports safer.”

NFL Charities has actively solicited and placed emphasis on research proposals focused on areas including concussion/traumatic brain injury research and cardiovascular research.  Three separate NFL Charities Medical Grant review committees evaluated the 2011 grant proposals based on each committee’s area of expertise.  Recommendations were submitted to the NFL Charities Board of Directors for approval. 

This year’s grants include studies on stem cells and nervous system injuries; MRI methods after concussions; the effect of temperature on the severity of potential brain injuries; the implications of helmet, facemask and shoulder pad designs on airway and cardiovascular care; and a sleep apnea program focused on NFL players.

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