January 25, 2012
Tulane University is one of only seven institutions in the country to be a part of the NFL's Neurological Care Program for retired players.
The National Football League has selected Tulane University in New Orleans as one of only seven institutions in the country to be part of its Neurological Care Program for retired players.
The program gives former players special access to the nation’s leading neurological hospitals for comprehensive evaluation of brain and spinal function along with an individually tailored treatment plan. Dr. Roger Kelley, chairman of Neurology at Tulane University School of Medicine, and Dr. Gregory Stewart, medical director of Tulane Centers for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, will lead the program.
“Tulane will utilize staff in neurology, sports medicine, psychology and speech therapy to offer a unique, holistic approach in helping patients recover and effectively manage their conditions,” Stewart said.
“Brain injuries, whether sport-related or caused by other events, can have a lasting impact on a person’s quality of life, affecting everything from short-term memory and concentration to interpersonal relationships with friends and family,” Kelley said.
The Neurological Care Program at Tulane will begin enrolling patients this month. Former players with medical coverage can use their current insurance providers to receive treatment, whereas those without medical coverage can apply to the NFL Player Care Foundation for financial assistance.
Tulane is the only medical institution in the Gulf South selected to participate in the Neurological Care Program. Other institutions include Inova Memory Center, Falls Church, Va., Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, University of California in San Francisco, University of Southern California in Los Angeles and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
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