NFL owners voted Monday to approve $20.6 million in awards from the U. S. Centers on Disease Control for medical devices that can treat injuries suffered by players.
The vote was a strong endorsement of the devices from the league and the owners, who said the devices can be used to help keep players from getting hurt, help prevent concussions and boost performance.
The league’s medical staff has worked with the CDC for the past two years to evaluate the devices, which include a spinal tap and CT scan.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the awards are important for a number of reasons.
“These awards are not only important to our players, but they are also an important part of our overall medical strategy for managing concussions,” Goodell said.
“We have spent the past couple of years working with the Centers for Diseases Control and prevention to evaluate devices that could be used for prevention and recovery.”
The awards are part of a larger effort to provide better access to medical devices for the NFL, which has a concussion protocol, which requires players to wear a helmet and use a protective gear during the game.
In addition, the league has also increased funding for the U,S.
Army, to conduct studies on the safety and effectiveness of headgear worn during games.
Goodell said NFL owners also wanted to be sure that their players are wearing protective gear.
“It is important to be aware that wearing protective headgear during football will prevent the injury,” Goodell wrote in a letter to the NFL Players Association.
“Players who are injured in this manner must immediately wear a headgear and take their protective gear off.
It is important that our fans, players, and staff be aware of this.
This is not an easy or simple task and we hope that we have provided enough information for all of you to make the decision based on the best medical advice available.”
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league will review the awards to make sure they are consistent with the concussion protocol and that they comply with current and future standards.
The awards were approved by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, which represents insurers, in the fall.
The NIOC also has a committee of doctors and experts that will review and assess medical devices.
“The committee will make recommendations to the League to ensure that the awards comply with the protocol and with current standards,” McCarthy said.
NFL owners approved the award in a meeting on Monday.
The medical devices approved Monday also include: • $1.3 million for a wearable electronic medical monitor that can be worn during football games; • $2.1 million for the first-generation CT scanner for use during training camp and the preseason; • A CT scan of a concussion for the initial exam; and • $500,000 for the latest generation of an MRI scan that will help detect concussions.
Goodell added that the league expects the medical devices to be available by July 1, 2018.
Goodell also said the NFL will work with the NFLPA to develop a concussion settlement.