Last fall, the National Football League (NFL) unveiled new guidelines regarding concussions, encouraging players to recognize symptoms, report them to coaches, and follow treatment suggestions. The announcement was met with cautious optimism that the culture of head-cracking aggression might be softened.
The culture is as thick-skulled as ever, but the NFL is making another attempt, this time via a website.
The new website www.NFLHealthandSafety.com is dedicated to spreading information about the link between football and concussions, and about effects of mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI).
The site is another good step forward for health in sports. There is information about safety rules and regulations…medical studies…links to other online resources…videos about football safety, and other information.
Various bits of information on the website are not particularly easy to find—the navigation is not intuitive. Still, there’s always time for improvement, and it is a nice start for a new initiative. If you or your kids play sports, check it out!