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NFL launches Play Smart Play Safe initiative

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016   

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed that the league’s 32 club owners will be providing an additional $100 million for efforts to advance medical engineering and research into preventing, diagnosing, and treating head injuries, on top of the $100 million already spent on medical and neuroscience research.

The project, called the Play Smart Play Safe initiative, also mandates that a physician is hired to serve as the league’s official chief medical officer.

Goodell said that the NFL had already made 42 rule amendments – such as employing 29 medical professionals during each game – since 2002.

In 2015, a federal judge approved a settlement for 80 concussion-related lawsuits on behalf of more than 2,000 NFL players that was filed as s single class-action lawsuit. The agreement gives up to $5 million per retired player for serious medical conditions associated with serious head trauma, baseline medical exams for retired NFL players, and financial awards for retired players who were diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia.

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