The NFL is not only making a move into the future with the introduction of helmets, but it’s also taking an aggressive stance with regards to the health and safety of players.
In a move to combat concussion issues, the league announced that starting this season, the NFL Players Association will work with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to address the issue of head trauma.
The announcement came a day after the NFL announced it was creating a new committee that will examine the safety of athletes during head trauma, which is also known as concussions.
The new committee will examine player safety in an effort to reduce the number of concussions and improve the quality of the game, league officials said in a statement.
While the NFL did not specifically address head trauma in the announcement, it did say it will collaborate with the NCAA on an intercollegiate-level education program for coaches, players, and administrators about the issue.
“This group will review all aspects of concussion prevention, including the best ways to address players’ and teams’ concussion risks,” the statement read.
“The committee will also examine the current state of concussion research, the current trends in the research literature and the need for additional research to address this issue.
We will work closely with the NCAA, which has been working with us in this effort, to identify ways to better protect our players, coaches and players’ families.”
While the announcement is expected to be a major step forward in addressing the issue, it is not the first time the NFL has tried to make head trauma a priority.
The NFL last year created a task force that also included several other sports leagues, including NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred.
In March, the group released a report recommending a five-step program for tackling concussions in the NFL, and it called for more testing of headgear.
While there is still a lot of research to be done on the issue and a number of players still have to wear helmets, the idea of making it a priority for the NFL is a welcome one.
Players are already concerned about the concussion-related health risks they face, and this initiative will give them more information about the risks and the benefits of wearing helmets.
“We can’t afford to have a situation where we have to be wearing helmets and we have a system that doesn’t work,” cornerback Antonio Cromartie told the New York Daily News.
“If we can just educate and inform players about this, then maybe things will change.
It’s something that has to change, and we’re trying to change it.”