Archive for 'Player Health and Safety'

NFL Health and Safety Update—December 4, 2013

For the complete release, click here.

NFL Health and Safety Update—November 20, 2013

nflhealthandsafety-logo2 (1)

For the complete release, click here

NFL Health and Safety Update—November 13, 2013

nflhealthandsafety-logo2 (1)

For the complete release, click here

NFL Health and Safety Update—November 6, 2013

nflhealthandsafety-logo2 (1)

For the complete release, click here

Study Calls for More Concussion Research

A new study released today by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council calls for better data to help parents make informed decisions about their children participating in sports.

The report, which was supported by a $75,000 grant from the NFL Foundation, provides a broad examination of concussions in a variety of youth sports with athletes aged 5 to 21.

“The findings of our report justify the concerns about sports concussions in young people,” said Robert Graham, chair of the committee and director of the national program office for Aligning Forces for Quality at George Washington University, Washington, D.C.  “However, there are numerous areas in which we need more and better data.  Until we have that information, we urge parents, schools, athletic departments, and the public to examine carefully what we do know, as with any decision regarding risk, so they can make more informed decisions about young athletes playing sports.”

“We commend the IOM’s recommendations and are proud to have supported the study,” said Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy Jeff Miller. “We have been engaged on the key issues discussed in the report. It calls for more research into diagnosis and prognosis of concussion, longitudinal studies, and education programs to increase concussion awareness and understanding. We are investing in all of those areas and will continue to work in partnership with leading organizations on youth sports safety.”

AMONG the study’s findings:

  • “Very little research has evaluated the relationship between concussions and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.  There currently are no data to evaluate this relationship because existing post-concussion symptom evaluations do not assess suicidal thoughts.”
  • “Whether repetitive head impacts and multiple concussions sustained in youth lead to long-term neurodegenerative disease, such as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), remains unclear.”
  • Concussion rates per 10,000 athletic exposures in college athletics according to the Datalys Center (2009-2013): field hockey (14.5%); wrestling (12.4%); men’s ice hockey (8.2%); women’s soccer (6.5%) and football (6.3%).

Click here to see the press release which includes a link to the study. http://www8.nationalacademies.org/onpinews/newsitem.aspx?RecordID=18377

NFL Health and Safety Update—October 30, 2013

nflhealthandsafety-logo2 (1)

For the complete release, click here

NFL Names Patrick Kerney Vice President of Player Benefits and NFL Legends Operations

Former NFL player PATRICK KERNEY has been named NFL Vice President of Player Benefits and NFL Legends Operations, the National Football League announced today.

Kerney is a Pro Bowl defensive end for both the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks with a career spanning 11 years.  He was drafted by the Falcons as a first-round pick in 1999 and later signed with the Seahawks in 2007.

Kerney retired in 2010 and earned his MBA in Finance from Columbia University in 2012.  He then founded his own consulting firm focused on providing financial advice to current and former NFL players.

In his role with NFL Player Engagement, Kerney will oversee Player Benefits and the operations of the Legends Program, which launched July 2013 to connect former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the NFL.  He will assist current and former players in leveraging their NFL playing experience into long-term opportunities.

“Patrick’s passion, knowledge and experience serve as a strategic addition to our team as we further strengthen our commitment to preserving our game, protecting our brand and developing our future,” says TROY VINCENT, NFL senior vice president of Player Engagement. “Patrick is an example of how NFL players can successfully transition from the game to the workplace as he brings his on-field leadership and advanced studies to serve our Legends community.”

“I am excited about the challenge to add value to the NFL and, in particular, Player Engagement.  Player Engagement is aligned with my professional goals, which made the decision to join the team an easy one,” says Kerney.  “I look forward to pursuing new and creative ways to help aspiring, current and former players leverage football and their NFL careers into long-term positive experiences in all facets of their lives.”

For the complete release, click here

NFL Health and Safety Update—October 23, 2013

nflhealthandsafety-logo2 (1)

For the complete release, click here

NFL Health and Safety Update—October 16, 2013

nflhealthandsafety-logo2 (1)

For the complete release, click here

NFL Health and Safety Update—October 9, 2013

nflhealthandsafety-logo2 (1)

For the complete release, click here.