The NFL has announced it is implementing a new “dignity health” policy that will require players to be screened by a medical provider and wear a monitoring device to measure their blood pressure and heart rate.
The initiative is the first step in the league’s long-term strategy to increase player safety.
Under the new policy, players must undergo regular testing and wear an electronic monitoring device (EMD) to ensure they’re taking care of their health, the league said.
“It is a step forward in our effort to protect our players from heart attacks, strokes, and other serious health conditions,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.
“The new measures are intended to ensure our players’ health is protected at every stage of their careers.”
In a statement, the NFL said that the new testing requirements are a necessary step to help prevent injury, especially in a game in which teams can be vulnerable to injury.
“This is an important step to improve our ability to protect the health of our players, and we are grateful to the NFL Players Association for their support,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
“We will continue to implement new measures to make sure players are safe and our game is played safely.”
The new policy has been in the works for some time, and it is designed to improve the health and safety of our athletes and fans, as well as the communities around us,” he added.”
While there is no guarantee that all players will always have a medical device on their person, we are committed to making sure every player has access to a monitoring system that can measure their own heart rate and blood pressure.
“The NFL will also be looking to improve its game experience by providing more safety equipment for the players.
The league said that in the first half of the season, players will have to wear the electronic device, which will record data about their heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen consumption.
In the second half of this season, the electronic devices will be available at the start of each game.
The NFL has been working on the new measures for the past year.
It began the new health and wellness policy last October, and the league announced the policy in November, with more details on the plan to be released this summer.”
With this new policy and the new technology we’re rolling out, we can take our game to the next level,” McCarthy said in November.
He said that with the new standards, “We can improve the safety of every team.”