NFL Players Association grants $100 million for health risk study
February 04, 2013
The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) recently granted $100 million over the next 10 years to Harvard Medical School for a program that will study current and retired athletes' health and develop better methods for identifying and addressing ailments. With the awarded funds, Harvard Medical School will create the Harvard Integrated Program to Protect and Improve the Health of NFLPA Members.
Around 1,000 retired players will be identified as the study group. Program researchers and experts across many specialties will then look at 100 players who are considered healthy and 100 who are unhealthy to learn how health issues have impacted their wellness. In particular, the study aims to research the effects of head trauma, skeletal injuries, psychological stress and heart problems.
"The health issues that confront NFL players are alarming. When needed, we will reach out across the country and internationally to find the required expertise. For example, Herman Taylor, from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, who built and runs the unique Jackson Heart Study, makes us an even stronger team," said Alvaro Pascual-Leone of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Organizations that are providing funds for multiple nonprofit programs might find it easier to manage their large-scale efforts with fundraising management programs that can account for funds as they are disbursed to recipients.