The Philadelphia Inquirer: From Live Births to Life-Threatening Injuries: the NFL Says it Can Handle All That (and More) at Super Bowl LVII

Feb 10, 2023

If Jason Kelce’s wife, Kylie, goes into labor early at Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, the small army of medical personnel on hand at State Farm Stadium could handle it. ‘I have delivered 54 in my car. Not any recently. But this is not the first one,’ said Dr. Jim Ellis, an emergency preparedness consultant with the NFL. ‘We would have everything we need to support them if that were to happen.’ The wife of an unnamed Green Bay Packer gave birth, Ellis said, on the morning of Super Bowl XLV in Dallas in 2011. Ellis and a team of NFL doctors and trainers were in State Farm Stadium Thursday afternoon to discuss team health and safety, everything from live births to concussions, days ahead of the Super Bowl. Officials added that every NFL game is paid this much attention, when it comes to health and safety protocols. ‘Everything you’re going to see today is not here just because it’s the Super Bowl,’ said Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer. ‘We have to plan against the common scenarios that we might see. We all hope and pray we’ll never see any of those, but as [we] saw earlier this year, sometimes that’s needed and when it’s needed, we want to be prepared.’ Sills referred to the time inDecember when Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest and was revived on the field.

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