By Kevin Seifert The NFL’s high COVID-19 vaccination rate provides a “unique opportunity” to model a way out of the ongoing pandemic for the entire country, NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills said Wednesday in an interview with ESPN. “We know we are going to have positive cases this season,” Sills said a day […]
ESPN: Guardian Caps: Are the soft-shelled football helmet covers effective at limiting head injuries?
By David Newton Carolina Panthers center Matt Paradis was among about 100 NFL players who arrived for the first padded practice of training camp wearing a large, soft-shelled cover over his helmet that gave him the appearance of a “Star Wars” stormtrooper. “Squishy helmet,” Paradis said with a laugh. The Guardian Cap, officially. Paradis, 31, […]
Dr. Paul Schroeppel, the Kansas City Chiefs’ head orthopedic surgeon, said Monday the team is “doing quite well” among NFL teams with players voluntarily getting vaccinated. The news comes as the Chiefs open their training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri, on July 28 with a special event for season ticket holders, with practices open to […]
The Washington Post: The NFL’s pandemic response was a striking success — and a genuine public service
By Sally Jenkins Tell your glad-handing state and municipal leaders, with their finger-in-the-breeze priorities and vaccine websites that freeze, to take a crash course in organizational competence from the NFL. The league’s 269-game season sprawled across 30 major metropolitan areas, and it nevertheless wound up with a coronavirus positivity rate of just 0.08 percent, against […]
CBS Chicago: NFL Pulled Off Season With No Games Canceled During The COVID-19 Pandemic — What Lessons Can We Learn?
Super Bowl LV is in the books, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won – and with that, the most challenging season is over. Despite the pandemic, not a single game in the most physical sport of football had to be canceled. So what can we all learn? As CBS 2’s Jim Williams […]
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Implementation and Evolution of Mitigation Measures, Testing, and Contact Tracing in the National Football League, August 9–November 21, 2020
Summary What is already known about this topic? COVID-19 contact tracing is important to prevent transmission, but risk characterization is difficult. What is added by this report? The National Football League observed SARS-CoV-2 transmission after <15 minutes of cumulative interaction, leading to a revised definition of a high-risk contact that evaluated mask use and ventilation […]
British Journal of Sports Medicine: Return to sport for North American professional sport leagues in the context of COVID-19
ABSTRACT COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. A range of clinical scenarios exist, from an asymptomatic disease course to SARS and death. This document describes important considerations for 5 North American professional sports leagues (Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association, National Football League and National Hockey […]
“NBC News’ Kevin Tibbles went behind the scenes with the Cleveland Browns to see their COVID-19 safety measures. Ultraviolet lights and fitted helmets with plastic shields are just part of the new reality. Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said ‘over the first five weeks of our team activities, we’ve done over a […]
PennLive.com: Will myocarditis, heart condition linked to COVID-19, affect NFL? Ravens doctor says ‘it’s a concern’
Myocarditis, a rare heart condition linked to the coronavirus, should concern the NFL as it aims to begin a season during the pandemic, according to the Baltimore Ravens’ head physician. Dr. Andrew Tucker said evidence suggests COVID-19 can increase the risk of inflammation of the heart, which can lead to myocarditis and cause sudden cardiac […]
In preparation for the 2020 season, the NFL and NFLPA are implementing comprehensive COVID-19 protocols. The NFL is working closely with infectious disease experts, the CDC, public health officials and medical experts from other leagues. We created with the NFLPA a COVID Medical Advisory Task Force made up of a variety of medical experts and […]