Players' union forms concussion committee

The NFL Players Association has formed a committee to address the issue of head trauma among players.

The NFLPA’s concussion and traumatic brain injury committee will address diagnosis, treatment and prevention of concussions and brain injuries in active players; and the long-term cumulative effects of isolated or repetitive traumatic brain injuries in NFL players as patients.

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Sean Morey will chair the committee with union medical director Dr. Thom Mayer. It will also be composed of other active players, former players, researchers in the field and physicians with expertise in neurological injuries.

A recent study commissioned by the NFL showed that retired players may have a higher rate than normal of Alzheimer’s disease or other memory problems. Experts said that the work was not definitive but that it fit in with other studies suggesting a long-term risk from head injuries in sports.