THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF EVERY NFL PLAYER
Part of loving the game of football is protecting the people who play it.
While we can never completely eliminate the risk of injury in our game, we are always striving to make it safer—for our professional athletes down to young athletes first learning how to play.
We’ve made some real strides on health and safety in recent years. But when it comes to addressing head injuries in our game, I’m not satisfied—and neither are the owners of the NFL’s 32 clubs.
We can and will do better, and it starts today with this new commitment.
Our goal is to drive progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of head injuries. It begins with an additional $100 million in support of independent medical research and engineering advancements—and a commitment to look at anything and everything to make the game safer.
As we gain new insights or discover new challenges, we will share them, so you will know them as well.
The greatest athletes in the world play football. Their ability to surprise and dazzle us with their talent—to lift our spirits—never ceases to amaze. It’s why nearly 200 million people call themselves fans of the National Football League. Because on any given game day, something incredible is going to happen.
This commitment is for them - and everyone who loves the game.
Learn more about our goals at playsmartplaysafe.com
The league launched a new initiative focused on player safety.
On September 14, 2016, the NFL launched Play Smart. Play Safe. An initiative to drive progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of head injuries. It is also geared towards enhancing medical protocols and continuing to improve the way the game is taught and played.
The league kicked off the initiative by pledging $100 million in support for independent research and engineering advancements. The pledge builds on the $100 million that the NFL and its partners have already committed to medical and neuroscience research.
The overall goal of the initiative it to protect players and make the game safer.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the initiative in an open letter to fans.
“The NFL has been a leader on health and safety in many ways, and we've made some real strides in recent years,” Goodell wrote in the letter. “But when it comes to addressing head injuries in our game, I'm not satisfied, and neither are the owners of the NFL’s 32 clubs. We can and will do better.”
The Play Safe. Play Smart. initiative has four main points, which include protecting players, advanced technology, medical research, and sharing progress.
For more information about the initiative visit playsmartplaysafe.com
The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program brings more than a decade of clinical expertise to the playing field. The program with the Steelers combines this expertise with the football-specific knowledge of the Pittsburgh Steelers to help keep your team playing at the highest level while maintaining safety for everyone on the field.
Learn about the signs and symptoms of concussion, what to do if an injury occurs, importance of baseline testing, and more by watching one of the following videos:
What is a concussion?
Concussion signs and symptoms
PA Safety in Youth Sports Act
What to do if an injury occurs
ImPact Baseline Neurocognitive Test
UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program