NFL Partners With Military To Tackle Brain Injury Awareness
The Washington Post reports NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met last month with Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno on the danger of brain injuries. That meeting has triggered subsequent meetings at the Pentagon with NFL players, military leaders, and medical experts.
Getting troops to get checked out by a doctor after being hit in the head is a big problem, say military leaders. Army Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza told the Washington Post:
“You hear them saying, ‘I’m not taking myself off the battlefield.’ Why? ‘Because the guy on my left and my right trust that I’ll be there.’ You heard the same thing from the players. ‘I’m not coming out of the game because I need to help my team.’”
The Post reports an estimated 60 percent of former NFL players suffered concussions during games and practice, with almost one-third of players saying they had at least three concussions.