The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been selected by the National Football League Players Association to participate in a new initiative aimed at providing medical services and support to its former players.
“Through this award, our team of nationally recognized physiatrists will monitor and manage the health of former NFL athletes with an interdisciplinary team of specialists, neuropsychologists, therapists and other colleagues to give each individual highly personalized care,” said Brain and Body Health Program Co-Director Michael Y. Lee, department chair of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the School of Medicine.
The NFL Players Association unveiled its new program, called “The Trust,” in a press release issued November 13, 2013. UNC’s Brain and Body Health Program, which was created by the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes in the College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the School of Medicine, was selected to be a medical partner of The Trust to provide former NFL players with a comprehensive evaluation and treatment plan for their cognitive and physical functioning. Other medical partners in The Trust are Tulane University and the Cleveland Clinic.
Clinical services will be provided at the UNC Health Care System’s new UNC Center for Rehabilitation Care, and at the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes located in UNC’s Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center. You may read more about the new Center for Rehabilitation Care here.
“This partnership with the NFL Players Association will provide former NFL players with better access to our expert sports medicine professionals for comprehensive assessment and clinical care,” said Kevin Guskiewicz, co-director of the Brain and Body Health Program and a leading expert on the long-term impact of head traumas at all levels of sports competition.
Guskiewicz also is research director for the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Exercise and Sport Science and senior associate dean of natural sciences.