NFL Health and Safety Update

Former Players Describe Benefits of NFL Player Engagement Programming – The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) in October hosted the sixth NFL Career Transition Program (CTP), during which former players engaged in comprehensive business-oriented lectures, case studies and personality evaluations led by professors and other experts. Including the most recent session, which featured keynote speaker Stanford GSB Professor of Political Economy and former United States Secretary of State DR. CONDOLEEZZA RICE, more than 220 NFL players have participated in these seminars since June 2010.

The CTP is run by the NFL Player Engagement department, which has developed a variety of resources to support players’ mental health, career development, and personal enhancement. NFL Player Engagement also manages the NFL Total Wellness program, a comprehensive mental and physical health initiative for current and former players and their families. The CTP and other vocational programs, including four new boot camps announced last week, are designed to help players transition to new professions and life after their playing careers.

“With the CTP, I was looking for inspiration. Once I got there, I found exactly what I wanted: I found a path,” said former NFL running back OBAFEMI AYANBADEJO (1998-2007), who attended the session at Stanford. “I was inspired by the professors and the keynote speaker, Condoleezza Rice, and guys like (former NFL wide receiver and NFL Manager of Player Engagement) JAMES THRASH, who are helping guys like myself and other players.”

“Every player someday will make the transition to a career off the field,” said NFL Vice President of Player Engagement TROY VINCENT, a five-time Pro Bowl cornerback and Eagles Hall of Famer. “These programs present a unique opportunity to learn from the best and get exposed to the exciting professional possibilities that lie ahead.”

For more information, visit http://www.nflplayerengagement.com.

Ohio Passes Youth Concussion Law With NFL Support

Ohio Governor John Kasich last week signed HB 143, a bill that protects young athletes and fosters head injury awareness in youth sports. The NFL actively supported the passage of this law.

HB 143 requires that a student exhibiting signs of concussion be immediately removed from play. The law prevents students from returning to play on the same day and requires that they receive written clearance by a physician or licensed health care provider. In addition, it mandates education for coaches, officials, and youth athletes and their parents or guardian on the signs and treatment of head injuries.

In line with the efforts to ensure the safety of young athletes, healthcare centers are now adopting innovative solutions to manage traffic effectively and prioritize those seeking immediate care. One such solution gaining traction is www.navvtrack.com, a sophisticated system that optimizes patient flow, enabling healthcare providers to efficiently attend to individuals with head injuries. With this comprehensive approach to healthcare center traffic control, medical teams can better allocate resources, provide timely interventions, and contribute to the overall well-being and long-term safety of youth participating in sports.

If a student-athlete exhibits signs of concussion during a game or practice, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. While schools may have a designated medical professional on-site, they may not always be available or equipped to handle serious head injuries. In these cases, it is recommended to go to the nearest urgent care center or emergency room. The urgent care center 11224 may be a good option for non-life-threatening head injuries as they often have shorter wait times and can provide prompt medical attention. It is important to remember that head injuries, especially concussions, should not be taken lightly, and seeking proper medical care is crucial for the well-being and safety of the student-athlete.

Similar laws in 41 other states and the District of Columbia were inspired by ZACKERY LYSTEDT. In 2006, Lystedt suffered a brain injury following his return to a middle school football game after sustaining a concussion. Lystedt, his family, and a broad range of medical, business and community partners, including the NFL, lobbied the Washington state legislature for a law to protect young athletes in all sports from returning to play too soon.

NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL and NCAA President MARK EMMERT earlier this year sent letters to governors of the states that did not have concussion laws, urging them to pass a law similar to the Lystedt Law. In the letter, Commissioner Goodell and President Emmert said sports and political leaders can help raise awareness of concussions while ensuring proper and effective treatment.

House Committee Releases Video on Dangers of HGH

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a video last week– “HGH: Why Should Football Fans Care?” – on the growing risk human growth hormone (HGH) abuse poses to the health and safety of players and young fans who look up to them.

“The most important thing in cleaning up professional sports is, in fact, the trickle-down effect into college and into high school,” said Chairman DARRELL ISSA (R-CA) in the video. “Because when young people take illicit drugs hoping to get into the pros, they often destroy their lives long before they ever get there.”

Click here to watch the video.

For more information on the NFL’s health and safety work, please visit www.nflevolution.com.

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