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NFL responds to report with dementia committee

NFL responds to report with dementia committee
5th October 2009

A major organisation is to address issues such as dementia sustained by players of American football in the National Football League in the US.

Speaking to the Associated Press, National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) executive director DeMaurice Smith said the new concussion committee aims to address the issue of health and safety of players much more deeply.

It will use the expertise of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Sean Morey and the union's medical director Dr Thom Mayer, as well as active and former players, to address neurological outcomes of injuries sustained in the sport.

He continued: "The creation of this committee was designed to bring both independence and expertise to the ongoing analysis of serious head injuries so we can better protect our players."

Mr Smith added that he is confident in the actions of Sean Morey and Dr Mayer in leading the team to bring together "more comprehensive data and provide real solutions" for players from past and present NFL seasons.

The NFLPA was established in 1956 and aims to give proper recognition to former and current players, even ceasing to be a union for their interests if necessary, as it did in 1989.

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