NFL CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER

This post is a call for the NFL to facilitate the development of The American Society of Athlete Safety Medicine, ASM Specialty Board and ASM residency programs that will educate medical doctors concerning Athlete Safety. The specialty would be different from Sports Medicine Doctors, who primarily treat Athlete Injuries full time, because the Athlete Safety Medicine Doctor would promote the Prevention of Amateur and Professional Athlete Injuries and Promote Athlete Safety 1st. Then trained ASM Doctors should be employed by Sports, Recreation and Exercise (SRE) conferences, organizations, schools and teams.

“Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday, January 30, 2015, the NFL is planning to hire a chief medical officer to oversee “medical-related polices.” This is a stroke of genius by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“This individual, who we expect to have in place very soon, will oversee our medical-related policies, ensure that we update them regularly and work closely with our medical committees, our advisers and the Players Association,” he said.

The league currently has five committees that have advise the league on medical issues, ranging from the Head, Neck and Spine Committee to the Injury and Safety Panel.

The NCAA made a similar move last year, hiring Dr. Brian Hainline as its chief medical officer. Hainline sets medical policies for all of its conferences. One of the focuses of his job has been to improve physical health as well as mental health policies in college sports.

“We are doing more to protect our players from unnecessary risk,” he said. “Hits to defenseless players were down 68 percent. And there were similar decreases in other areas, pertaining to the safety of the game.”

* The drop in the number of concussions in 2014 by 25 percent, as reported at the league’s Player Health and Safety Press Conference on Thursday, continues a three-year trend.

“Since 2012, concussions in regular-season games have dropped from 173 to 111 — a decrease in more than one-third,” he said. “The real credit goes to the players and coaches. They have adjusted to the rules and the challenge of creating a culture of safety for our game.”

* The NFL has more to do on player health and safety.

“Carefully reviewing and improving our concussion protocols will be a focus of our medical committees this off-season,” Goodell said.

ATHLETE SAFETY MEDICINE (ASM)

This post is a call for the NFL to facilitate the development of The American Society of Athlete Safety Medicine, ASM Specialty Board and ASM residency programs that will educate medical doctors concerning Athlete Safety. The specialty would be different from Sports Medicine Doctors, who primarily treat Athlete Injuries full time, because the Athlete Safety Medicine Doctor would promote the Prevention of Amateur and Professional Athlete Injuries and Promote Athlete Safety 1st. Then trained ASM Doctors should be employed by Sports, Recreation and Exercise (SRE) conferences, organizations, schools and teams.

ATHLETE SAFETY MEDICINE (ASM) DEFINITION
• Branch of Medicine
• For Holistic Health Care of Athletes
• Promotes the Advancement of Athlete Safety, Protection, Security, Supervision
• Promotes Education and Awareness about Athlete Health-Care, Well-Being, Growth and Development
• Promotes the Prevention of Athlete Diseases, Injuries, Catastrophic Injuries and Deaths
• Motto: “Play with Athlete Safety 1st”

ATHLETE SAFETY MEDICINE SPECIALIST (ASMS) PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVES AND DUTIES
• Doctors would Begin Residency Training in a University College of Medicine certified for Athlete Safety Medical Specialists, who would be expert in the following:
• Perform expert Pre-participation History and Physical Examinations
• Provide Sports 911 Emergency Action Plan Consultation and Implementations
• Perform Athlete Injury Examinations, but refer treatment of Athlete Injuries to doctors specialized in Athlete Injury Treatment.
• Release Athletes to Play Following Successful Injury Treatment and Rehabilitation
• Intervention when necessary with recommendations on behalf of Athletes who have been physically and/or psychologically injured
• Promote Child Athlete Safety 1st
• Educate others about the Recognition of Amateur and Professional Athlete Endangerment, Maltreatment and Abuse.
• Provide information Links for CME Category I and II Credits for Athlete Safety Medical Specialists and other Doctors
• Strive to Prevent and Eradicate Preventable, Non-Accidental Sports Injuries and Deaths by eliminating Sports Related Injuries that are not Inherent to the Games Amateur and Professional Athletes Play
• Act to Reduce the human, social and financial burdens from Preventable, Non-Accidental Amateur and Professional Sports Injuries and Deaths
• Initiate Reduction Health Care Burden on United States citizens from Preventable, Non-Accidental Amateur and Professional Sports Injuries and Deaths
• Ensure the Protection of Amateur and Professional Athlete’s Human Rights, Health and Welfare in Sports
• Provide training, education, experience and expertise to the medical profession that will optimize Amateur and Professional Athlete enjoyment, positive outcomes of sports and Amateur and Professional Athlete safety, protection, Physical and Emotional Fitness during and after sports participation.”

• Amateur and Professional Athlete Safety Medicine Mission, Goals, Objectives:
• ↑ Amateur and Professional Physical and Recreational Participation
• ↑ Social Cohesion in the Wider World Amateur and Professional Sports and Society
• ↑ Social Interaction in the Wider World Amateur and Professional Sports and Society
• ↑ Health and Welfare during Early Childhood Development and Education in preparation for Amateur and Professional SRE participations
• ↑ Good Health Habits, Education and Recreation
• ↑ Good Health Habits ↑ Eating, ↑ Exercising
• ↑ Quality of Social Relationships, ↓ Family Violence, ↓ SRE Violence
• ↑ Quality of Social Interactions with all societies and cultures
• ↓ Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco
• ↑ Good Diets
• ↑ Physical and Ethical Fitness
• ↑ Economic Growth
• ↑ Exercise that reduces Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease
• ↑ Regular Exercise and Life Protection
• ↓ Amateur and Professional Athletes Social Isolation
• ↑ Benefits of Amateur and Professional Athlete Holistic Health
• Holistic Health is the Field of Medicine where all aspects of people’s Psychological, Physical and Social Requirements are taken into account and seen as a whole.
• [Social Determinants of Health, the Solid Facts, 2nd Ed. World Health Organization, Wilkerson and Marmot 2003]

ASM-MODEL is Promoting:
1. Education and Awareness about
a. ↑ Amateur and Professional Athlete Safety, Health, Welfare
b. ↓ Athlete Determinants, Risks, Reasons and Causes that result in Disease, Injury, Death and Human Rights