The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) has announced a new initiative to improve the recovery of players who have suffered concussions.
The NFLPA is launching the first-ever “vigorously and sustained efforts” program that will support the rehabilitation of players and provide them with opportunities to play.
The league will launch a program to identify, address, and provide support to those who have sustained concussion symptoms.
“We have a serious and growing concussed population, and our concussion symptoms are getting worse and worse,” NFLPA President Eric Winston said in a statement.
“We can’t continue to put our players in harm’s way and continue to allow them to suffer without treatment.
This is a critical time for our players, and we must be bold, and not just do everything we can to keep them safe.”
Players will be eligible to participate in the program if they are diagnosed with concussion symptoms, and will receive treatment in the same facility in which they were injured.
They will receive an initial evaluation by a neuropsychologist and then a follow-up evaluation by an orthopedic specialist.
The program will include the first step of an independent neuropsychological assessment, which will be conducted by a doctor.
The program’s scope and scope of support will be determined by the NFLPA, which is the executive director of the NFL Players’ Association (the union that represents the league’s teams).
The program is part of the league-wide concussion awareness campaign launched in 2016.
Players and coaches have received numerous concussions in the past, including from former Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
The concussion crisis in the NFL began in the early 2000s, when players were routinely given multiple concussions, and the league began a concussion program in 2010.
Players were warned about the risk of head injuries from repetitive head impacts, and were required to wear protective equipment.
After a decade of increased awareness and treatment, the number of concussions has decreased, and there is no evidence that any player is at increased risk of concussive syndrome.