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 impacts the health and safety of active
    NFL players
  • Oversee research when requested by the NFL and its collaborators
  • Analyze injury data and propose interventions
  • Create and supervise focused research groups with specific goals and assignments (e.g.
    biomechanical engineering)
  • Improve public education and advocate for enhanced sports safety

Areas of Focus

Concussion

Diagnosis

Prevention

Treatment

Moderate and Severe Brain Injury

Diagnosis

Prevention

Treatment

Neck and Spine

Diagnosis

Prevention

Treatment


Membership

  • Drs. Hunt Batjer and Rich Ellenbogen (Co-Chairmen)
  • Dr. Mitch Berger
  • Dr. Javier Cardenas
  • Dr. Russell Lonser
  • Dr. Margot Putukian
  • Dr. Robert Cantu (Consultant)
  • Dr. Joseph Maroon (Consultant)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Nabel (Ex-officio)
  • Dr. Thom Mayer (NFL Players Association)
  • NFL Physicians Society Representative (Ex-officio)
  • Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society Representative (Ex-officio)

Head, Neck and Spine Engineering Subcommittee

This subcommittee 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.

Subcommittee Membership

  • Dr. Jeff Crandall (Chairman)
  • Dr. Jim Funk (Subcommittee Scientific Coordinator)
  • Dr. Randal Ching
  • Dr. David Meaney
  • Dr. Frank Pintar
  • Dr. Raul Radovitzky
  • Dr. Elizabeth Nabel (Ex-officio)
  • Dr. Kristy Arbogast (NFL Players Association)
  • Dr. Barry Myers (NFL Players Association)
  • Dr. Thom Mayer (NFL Players Association)