UNC partners with NFL to provide support for former players - WNCT

UNC partners with NFL to provide support for former players

Posted: Updated:
The NFL Players Association has selected the UNC as one of three academic medical centers to provide brain and body assessments for former players. The NFL Players Association has selected the UNC as one of three academic medical centers to provide brain and body assessments for former players.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -

The NFL Players Association has selected the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as one of three academic medical centers to provide brain and body assessments for former players.

NFLPA unveiled its new program, called "The Trust," last week. The program is designed to provide support for former players, with an emphasis on overall health and successful transition from professional football.

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 an evaluation and treatment plan for their cognitive and physical functioning.

Other medical partners in The Trust are Tulane University and the Cleveland Clinic.

UNC has treated between 10 and 15 players over the last 18 months, but that was by request only.

"If the players or the Players Association felt that a patient needs to be evaluated, we treated them or evaluated them," explained Michael Lee, co-director of the Brain and Body Health Program.

Now it has expanded into a formal program through the NFLPA.

UNC has made a name for itself through the research Kevin Guskiewicz has done into concussions through the Brain and Body Health Program and Center for the Study of Retired Athletes.

"The information that we get from his research obviously plays a vital role, and of course from our experience it will also play a vital role in his direction to research," Lee explained.

It is unclear how many players will come through the program, but Lee anticipates about 150 a year.

"We want to take care of the former players as the best way we can," Lee said. "Through the clinical experience and research, we'll hopefully be able to take better care of them."

As the program expands, the UNC clinical team will involve clinical partners from NorthShore Hospital in Evanston, Ill.; and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.

Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

  • NewsMore>>

  • New taxi options in Raleigh offer more than standard fare

    New taxi options in Raleigh offer more than standard fare

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:11 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:11:57 GMT
    A pair of new ride sharing smartphone apps launched in Raleigh on Thursday, to the dismay of some traditional taxi services.Uber and Lyft are both well-established in some larger cities. The services connect independent drivers in their personal vehicles with people who need a ride. The car is ordered and paid for using the app. Once inside the vehicle, no money exchanges hands.WNCN decided to try out the service for ourselves. We downloaded both apps. Uber did not have any cars available nea...
    A pair of new ride sharing smartphone apps launched in Raleigh on Thursday, to the dismay of some traditional taxi services.Uber and Lyft are both well-established in some larger cities. The services connect independent drivers in their personal vehicles with people who need a ride. The car is ordered and paid for using the app. Once inside the vehicle, no money exchanges hands.WNCN decided to try out the service for ourselves. We downloaded both apps. Uber did not have any cars available nea...
  • Sexercise provides more than physical fitness

    Sexercise provides more than physical fitness

    Friday, April 25 2014 12:01 AM EDT2014-04-25 04:01:21 GMT
    Physical and mental health are both benefits of traditional exercise, but there can be hidden benefits as well in other non-traditional ways to get fit.
    Physical and mental health are both benefits of traditional exercise, but there can be hidden benefits as well in other non-traditional ways to get fit.
  • Man found shot in Raleigh apartment

    Man found shot in Raleigh apartment

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-04-25 03:33:21 GMT
    Raleigh police said a 35-year-old man died Thursday afternoon after being found in an apartment with gunshot wounds.
    Raleigh police said a 35-year-old man died Thursday afternoon after being found in an apartment with gunshot wounds.
Powered by WorldNow

3221 South Evans Street
Greenville N.C. 27834

Telephone: 252.355.8500
Fax: 252.355.8568
Email: newsdesk@wnct.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.