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NFL Launches Head Injury Partnership

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NFL Launches Head Injury Partnership

The National Football League (NFL) has announced an expansion to its partnerships with eight universities, which will create head injury reduction efforts at the professional and collegiate levels.

The research program, which will be doubled in size from 2021, will include The University of Alabama, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of Washington, and University of Wisconsin, and allows athletes to voluntarily opt-in.

The program will produce mouthguards with sensors, which will provide information about what the head experiences during an impact, and will help researchers better understand and reduce concussions in the sport.

Additionally, NFL SVP of health and safety innovation, Jennifer Langton, will continue to oversee the program, with data being analysed by a joint NFL-NFLPA team of engineering experts.

Commenting on the program expansion, Langton, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome the four new universities into this program, all of which – like the four founding universities – share our commitment to research in service of building a safer, better game.”

“By collecting a larger amount of mouthguard data, we can further our efforts to reduce concussions while also accelerating our broader goal to reduce all head impacts at all levels of the sport,” she said.

University of Georgia executive associate athletic director of sports medicine, Ron Courson, added: “It is a privilege to partner with the NFL on the biosensor mouthguard study.”

“This novel study will provide new and important information on concussions in sport as we continue to work together to make the game of football safer for players in all settings.

“Our research affiliation with the NFL, along with our longstanding partnership with the University of Georgia Department of Kinesiology and sports concussion laboratory, housed in the Mary Frances Early College of Education, supports our goals to provide the highest medical care possible to our student-athletes and to make a positive impact on healthcare, sports, performance, and life,” he said.

The announcement comes after the NFL announced a partnership extension with the Trevor Project.

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