NFL Charities Awards More Than $1.6 Million for Sports Medical Research

NFL Charities, the charitable arm of the National Football League, has announced that it awarded sixteen grants in 2010 totaling more than $1.6 million to support sports-related medical research.

This year's grantees included the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for the Study of Retired Athletes, which will conduct a study involving retired NFL players to increase understanding of the association between a career playing football and dementia; the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Center for Injury Research and Policy, which will establish a concussion surveillance program among a large national sample of middle school football players; and Cleveland Clinic - Lutheran Hospital, for a study on the role of cervical vertebrae in football-related concussions.

In addition, grants were awarded to Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and Children's Hospital Boston to examine how genetics may influence the effects of repeated concussions, and the UCSD School of Medicine for an integrated neuroimaging study for diagnosing and monitoring mild traumatic brain injury in football players. The grant will also fund a USC study on the dynamic heart rate behavior of NFL athletes.

"We are proud to support sports-related medical research proposals through NFL Charities Medical Research Grants," said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, president of the NFL Charities Board. "These grants will help to address risk factors for football players and all athletes, and make the game safer."

"NFL Charities Awards More Than $1.6 Million in Grants." National Football League Press Release 12/21/2010.