The announcement on October 5, 2009 of the NFL Players Association formation of a Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Committee was welcome news. The NFL Players Association Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Committee is intended to address two fundamental and critical issues facing professional football players. First, the committee will address the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of concussions and traumatic brain injury in active players. Secondly, the committee will address the long-term cumulative effects of isolated or repetitive brain injury in NFL players in order to discover how these effects can be reduced and eliminated.
Executive Director DeMaurice Smith issued a statement which reads, "The health, safety and welfare of our players is never just an issue of collective bargaining. While we already have raised the issue in the CBA negotiations and Dr. Mayer participated in the first meeting, this committee and the work we do around the health and safety of our players will extend much further. The creation of this committee was designed to bring both independence and expertise to the ongoing analysis of serious head injury so we can better protect our players."
The Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Committee will be co-chaired by Sean Morey and Dr. Mayer. To read a copy of the media release from the NFL Players Association, click here .