Just hours before the start of the 2012 National Football League season, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) announced that the NFL has donated $30 million to the Foundation, the largest philanthropic gift ever given by the NFL, to support the study of the long-term effects of head injuries and blunt-force trauma. This study will help athletes, military personnel and veterans, and the general population alike.
Researchers at the National Institutes of Health will use the grant money to study how serious problems like chronic traumatic encephalopathy, traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative disorders, and dementia can all result from concussions and other head injuries. Findings from the study will hopefully help researches learn how to detect, diagnose, treat and prevent many of those problems resulting from head injuries. Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, gave a statement saying, “We hope this grant will help accelerate the medical community’s pursuit of pioneering research to enhance the health of athletes past, present and future. This research will extend beyond the NFL playing field and benefit athletes at all levels and others, including members of our military.”