If your eyes just lit up at the acronym “NFL,” and if you just heard the Monday Night Football theme in your head, and if you are still bitter that Monday Night Football moved to ESPN because you don’t get cable television, then you know that NFL stands for the National Football League. The NFL just made its largest philanthropic contribution to The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) to support research on serious medical conditions in athletes. As a huge fan of football, I am glad to see the NFL support its players and contribute to the improvement of human health (and help to alleviate the guilt that I have watching men get hit every week during football season).
Reposted from The NIH News:
The National Football League Commits $30 Million Donation to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health to Support Medical Research
The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) announces that the National Football League (NFL) has agreed to donate $30 million in support of research on serious medical conditions prominent in athletes and relevant to the general population.
This is the largest philanthropic gift the NFL has given in the league’s 92-year history.
With this contribution, the NFL becomes the founding donor to a new Sports and Health Research Program, which will be conducted in collaboration with institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Specific plans for the research to be undertaken remain to be developed, but potential areas under discussion include: chronic traumatic encephalopathy; concussion; understanding the potential relationship between traumatic brain injury and late life neurodegenerative disorders, especially Alzheimer’s disease; chronic degenerative joint disease; the transition from acute to chronic pain; sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes; and heat and hydration-related illness and injury. The FNIH hopes to welcome other donors, including additional sports organizations, to the collaboration.
“We are grateful for the NFL’s generosity,” says Dr. Stephanie James, FNIH acting executive director and CEO. “The research to be funded by this donation will accelerate scientific discovery that will benefit athletes and the general public alike…”
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