US Army and NFL Partner against Traumatic Brain Injuries
Sept. 10, 2012
The United States Army and the National Football League (NFL) have announced that they have combined efforts to battle traumatic brain injuries, a growing problem both organizations regularly face.
NBC News reports the aim of the partnership is to create a program to help reduce the number of traumatic brain injuries while providing better care for those who do.
Both organizations agreed that the only way the program will be successful is if there is a “positive culture change” that trickles down from the top of each organization. The Army’s Chief of Staff, General Raymond T. Odierno, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell both conceded that the organizations have cultural history that expects members to push through injury.
Former NFL player, Troy Vincent, stated during the discussion, “You can’t be expected to self-police yourself as a player. You won that position, it’s your job… if you are trying to police [traumatic brain injuries], it can’t be fixed.”
The organizations agreed to preemptively educate members about the dangers of traumatic brain injuries, while also changing organizational culture to promote removing those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury from service until they have been properly treated.