NFL The Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative in NFL has established diversity in collaboration with the NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) and the Professional Football Athletic Coaches Society (PFATS).
The program will allow four HBCU medical students to participate in a clinical rotation with the league’s medical staff. The initiative helps to diversify among students interested in a career in sports medicine and to diversify its medical staff.
“It’s important to diversify across every role in our league and in our clubs. “Diversity makes us stronger,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. This initiative. I am proud that our league can help inspire the next generation of sports medicine professionals. “
Across the country, black medical students make up a slim proportion of the total medical school population, 7.3 percent, an increase of only 1 percent over the last 40 years. In the NFL, the number of black medical professionals has also not progressed much, Essence reported.
“At the moment, the NFL Physician Society marks 86% of our membership as white. Over the last 40 years, there has been really little progress, “said Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer.
“For professional football athletic coaches, it’s 65% who identify as white. So, we have work to do, but we’re committed to working together to address this lack of diversity. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because we know it’s our Makes it better. It actually leads to better patient outcomes, “added Dr. Siles.
The four participating HBCU medical schools include The Charles R. Drew University School of Medicine and Science, The Howard University College of Medicine, The Morehouse School of Medicine and Meheri Medical College.
Medical students will have the opportunity to make clinical rotations with the NFL team, and those interested in primary care sports medicine and / or orthopedic surgery will have access to the upcoming 2022 NFL season.
The Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans and Washington Commanders were the right team to host a total of 16 medical students this year.
Students participating in this opportunity will work directly with orthopedic team physicians, primary care team physicians, and NFL team athletic instructors. They will also gain first aid knowledge and see how sports medicine works.