American College Of Sports Medicine, National PTA And National Athletic Trainers’ Association Officially Support USA Football’s Heads Up Football Program
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Roger Goodell: We are making significant progress on player health and safety matters and that is reflected in the work that is being done.
As you know, a couple of years ago I asked Dr. York to chair our committee on all of our medical efforts. We have close to 15 committees or subcommittees throughout the league that are focusing on various medical initiatives. That needs to be coordinated. It is a difficult and very broad and important job. Dr. York has a committee that is actually meeting shortly, in a few minutes, to continue that work. It has been incredibly effective for us as a league to make sure all of those dots are connected and we are working cohesively across those different committees. I am thankful for his time, effort and expertise because he is our only physician in the NFL on the ownership level. He has done a terrific job.
Jeff Miller is our senior vice president of health and safety policy. Health and safety is his sole focus. He reports to me. He is working on all of our various initiatives, whether it is NIH, or the GE initiative. He is focused on that work. He is also focused on working with our partners on youth football. All of that effort is very important to us and Jeff is doing a terrific job.
Rich [McKay] is the chair of our Competition Committee, dealing with rules and how we are conducting our games. Rich has been instrumental in that, not just through the Competition Committee but also as president of a club.
This is something that we are happy to take questions on to make sure you all understand everything that is in this annual NFL Health and Safety report. It is another effort for us to be transparent in our work to continually make this game safer. We do believe that this game is better and safer than it has ever been.
Launch up to $10 Million Open Innovation Challenge to find and fund new solutions to enhance protection against brain injury
Second Challenge in Head Health Initiative, a collaboration to help speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury
Baltimore, MD (September 4, 2013) – The NFL, Under Armour (NYSE:UA) and GE (NYSE: GE) today launched Head Health Challenge II an open innovation challenge to award up to $10 million for new innovations and materials that can protect the brain from traumatic injury and for new tools for tracking head impacts in real time. The challenge is part of the Head Health Initiative, a collaboration to help speed diagnosis and improve treatment for mild traumatic brain injury.
Kevin Plank, Founder and CEO of Under Armour said: “As longstanding partners of the NFL and in collaboration with GE, we take great pride in our participation in the Head Health Challenge II. We are excited to harness the power of innovation and assemble the best minds in the world towards an effort to make the field of play safer across all sports and for all athletes.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said: “We are very pleased to have Under Armour join our work with GE to help accelerate progress and find better ways to protect the brain from injury. This is a perfect example of our shared commitment to making the culture of sports better and safer – especially for young athletes.”
Entries are being immediately accepted at www.headhealthchallenge.com. The deadline to submit entries is January 30, 2014. In September 2014 up to 10 winners will be selected for the chance to receive as much as $500,000 each. Up to five of the potential 10 finalists will be eligible to receive as much as $1,000,000 after the second phase of judging concludes. Please visit www.ninesights.com/community/nfl-ge-grand-challenge/process#/terms-conditions for Terms and Conditions.
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