Football is a dangerous sport by nature, but it doesn't have to be as dangerous as it is today.
The NFL Players Association ( NFLPA ) has awarded $100 million to Harvard Medical School for a 10-year study of player injuries and illnesses, including brain trauma. The study is funded under the collective bargaining agreement the players reached recently with the NFL. Its goal: to transform the health of current and retired players, whose lifespan averages 20 years less than men who are not professional football players.
“Our partnership with the NFLPA will contribute to transforming our understanding of the effects of physical demands, emotional stress and repetitive trauma on disease. We are excited about the contributions this extraordinary partnership will make to NFL players, the community and the knowledge base of medicine,” said Ross Zafonte, co-director of the Harvard study, in a statement.