The NFL released the 2017 Health and Safety Report, which highlights progress under the Play Smart. Play Safe. initiative, and other NFL player health and safety efforts. The digital report features a variety of interactive content.
Read the digital 2017 NFL Health and Safety Report.
"Outlined in this year's report is a demonstration of our ongoing efforts to both learn and do more," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a letter introducing the 2017 NFL Health and Safety Report. "We will continue to seek solutions to ensure our entire football family and all those who love to play the game are provided with the best information, tools and support to protect their health and well-being."
In September 2016, Commissioner Goodell announced the launch of Play Smart. Play Safe.—a league-wide health and safety initiative—to drive progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of head injuries, enhance medical protocols and procedures, and further improve the way the game is taught and played at all levels. Of the $100 million Play Smart. Play Safe. commitment, the league pledged $60 million to the Engineering Roadmap—an effort to improve the understanding of the biomechanics of head injuries in professional football and to create incentives for small businesses, entrepreneurs, innovators and helmet manufacturers to develop new protective equipment—with $40 million of the total funding commitment allocated for medical research, primarily dedicated to neuroscience.
"The NFL has the unique opportunity to be a leader in health and safety and as we make advances, they will be shared with our players, the broader sports community, the medical world and the public at large," said Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's Chief Medical Officer. "The league has made great strides in this effort so far, and it is my job to explore where and how we can continue to improve. I look forward to the progress that's to come."
Since 2012, the NFL has released an annual report highlighting the league's ongoing commitment to health and safety, including its collaborative work with the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) to improve protections for players. The NFL's sixth annual report highlights key updates on the league's efforts, including:
For more information on these efforts and more, visit playsmartplaysafe.com.