UW Medicine Receives $2.5 Million From NFL for Sports Safety Institute

The University of Washington School of Medicine has announced a $2.5 million gift from the National Football League to establish an institute focused on sports-related concussions.

The NFL's foundational gift to the Sports Health and Safety Institute will be used to advance research, education, and advocacy related to the prevention and treatment of sports-related concussions. Among other things, the institute will advocate for sound policies that advance sports safety; educate physicians, educators, coaches, parents, athletes, and patients about concussion and how to make sports safer; promote behavioral and cultural change and study the efficacy of sports concussion policies and laws; and develop strategies to inform and engage the public and the media regarding sports- and recreation-related injuries. The institute will be led by Richard G. Ellenbogen, chair of UW Medicine's Department of Neurological Surgery, and Stanley A. Herring, medical director of Spine, Sports, and Orthopedic Health.

"Though research is under way on the topic across the country, there are many questions that remain unanswered regarding concussions and traumatic brain injury," said Herring. "The institute will help tremendously in forging the path forward and uncovering ways to better engage and educate all interested parties about concussions and discover the best methods to effectively translate learning into behavior change. And the NFL's donation will help make this possible."