In March 2017, Dr. Allen Sills was named the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), a new full-time position based in New York.
The NFL is advised by many of the world’s preeminent experts in medicine and science. Specialists in a wide variety of disciplines relevant to player health and safety volunteer their time to explore groundbreaking research and make recommendations for how the League can continually improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of injuries as well as invest in scientific research to promote player health and safety.
The Health and Safety Committee is composed of the chairmen from each of the other NFL medical committees as well as the heads of the NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS). It is designed to encourage representatives from every discipline to collaborate regularly, share experiences and jointly prioritize research projects to make the game safer.
The NFL General Medical Committee is composed of independent and NFL-affiliated medical professionals and focuses on medical issues relevant to the health and safety of active NFL players.
The NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee is composed of independent and NFL-affiliated medical professionals and focuses on neurological issues relevant to the health and safety of active NFL players.
The NFL Musculoskeletal Committee is composed of independent and NFL-affiliated medical professionals and focuses on musculoskeletal issues relevant to the health and safety of active NFL players.
The NFL Research and Innovation Advisory Panel comprises independent and NFL-affiliated medical professionals. They focus on the NFL’s work to invest in and partner with experts and institutions to support progress in independent medical research and engineering advancements.
The NFL Engineering Committee includes a diverse and experienced group of technical experts — biomechanical engineers, biomedical engineers, material scientists — who study helmets, pads and other protective equipment to improve safety on the field. They engage in significant research designed to advance the development of protective equipment.
The National Football League has assembled a Scientific Advisory Board comprising leading independent experts, doctors, scientists and clinicians to develop and lead a clear process to identify and support compelling proposals for scientific research.
Football Research, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the research and development of novel methods to prevent, mitigate and treat traumatic head injury.