Army and the NFL partner on traumatic brain injury (TBI)

The Army and the National Football League (TBI) are working together to improve awareness of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and increase research into its causes, prevention and treatment.  The top leaders of both organizations, Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, met at the U.S. Military Academy 30 August to discuss the issue and sign a letter of agreement to continue sharing resources to combat TBI.  Mental and physical toughness, discipline, team over self and stressing the importance of resilience are fundamental to the cultures of both the NFL and the Army.  However, these traits can sometimes prevent them from seeking help following concussions.  NFL players and Soldiers are now coordinating strategies and using special types of tests to determine if a concussion has occurred.  Gen. Odierno and Commissioner Godell would like a cultural shift to where there is no reluctance of football players and Soldiers to ask for help after receiving concussions.  Learn more about this effort at: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=117721