(WASHINGTON) — On Capitol Hill today, U.S. Army’s Vice Chief of Staff General Lloyd Austin along with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell met with members of Congress to discuss a joint initiative by the Army and NFL to increase awareness and education about head injuries.
The effort aimed at Army soldiers and the NFL and football world, carries a message that together they can better address traumatic brain injuries that are sustained both on the battlefield of war and on the football field.
At a press conference, General Austin pledged that the Army is “not going to stop” until there is progress made, and that the Army is “committed to making that progress.” Austin also said that much has been learned about traumatic brain injuries in the last ten years than in the previous 50 years.
Goodell pointed to some of the work that has been done between the Army and NFL, like sharing data and research on traumatic brain injuries, and sharing equipment and censors that mutually benefit soldiers and football players.
Goodell said that player safety is a number one priority for the NFL and that working with the Army can “make our troops safer, sports safer, and society safer.”
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