NFL Medical Committees Overview

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 … Continued

Chief Medical Officer

ALLEN K. SILLS, M.D., F.A.C.S. Chief Medical Officer of the National Football League In March 2017, Dr. Allen Sills was named the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), a new full-time position based in New York. Dr. Sills joins the NFL from Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he serves as Professor of Neurological Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery … Continued

NFL Health and Safety Committee

Mission 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 … Continued

NFL General Medical Committee

Mission 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. Goals Advise the NFL on medical policies, procedures and protocols Determine and advise the NFL on medical best practices Identify and recommend medical research that impacts … Continued

NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee

Mission 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. Goals Advise the NFL on medical policies, procedures and protocols Determine and advise the NFL on best practices Identify and recommend medical research that … Continued

NFL Musculoskeletal Committee

Mission 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. Goals Advise the NFL on medical policies, procedures and protocols Determine and advise the NFL on best practices Identify and recommend medical research that impacts the health and … Continued

Scientific Advisory Board

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. As part of the Play Smart. Play Safe. initiative, the NFL has allotted $100 million for medical research and engineering advancements, … Continued

Board of Directors of Football Research, Inc.

Football Research, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the research and development of novel methods to prevent, mitigate and treat traumatic head injury. The Board of Directors includes leading engineers and experts who will advise Football Research, Inc. on how best to achieve the goal of advancing biomechanics and create an environment where new … Continued

Collaborators

The NFL is proud to work with leading academic institutions, medical organizations, foundations, corporations, athletic organizations, the government and other entities to advance player health and safety. The league’s collaborators include: American Academy of Family Physicians American College of Emergency Physicians/Emergency Medicine Foundation American Heart Association Canadian Football League Foundation for the National Institutes of … Continued

The NFL Foundation

The mission of the NFL Foundation, the League’s nonprofit organization representing the 32 clubs, is: “to support the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities that support our game.”