A new, comprehensive medical staff is being assembled by the NFL, the NFLPA and the NFL to provide an additional level of medical care for players and their families, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday.
The New England Revolution and Atlanta Falcons have been among the NFL’s top-10 teams in terms of medical staff, with the New England squad having more than 500 medical staff members and the Falcons having over 500.
The NFL is planning to have its medical staff trained by an NFL Medical Center.
New England, which has the No. 2 defense in the league, has also added several assistant coaches, along with an outside medical doctor who will oversee the medical staff.
That medical staff will be a mix of experienced personnel with experience in the private sector and medical professionals who have a background in sports medicine, the league said in a statement.
The Patriots have the second-highest medical staff in the NFL.
The Atlanta Falcons also have the highest.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said the Patriots are bringing on an experienced medical team, and he’s hopeful that it can work together with the Falcons to provide a medical team that is more professional and efficient.
The Saints have had medical staffs that have been very professional and thorough in recent years.
I think that we have to start with a group that has that experience.
We need to start getting people from across the country, particularly people that are on the other side of the country.
And I’m sure they’re going to be very professional in their work, they’re very professional.
They’re going, they’ll make sure that the people are prepared to do the job.
We’ll have a doctor from New Orleans, a physician from Atlanta, someone who has a background with our health care, and we’ll be very prepared.
We’ll have some experts on the team.
It’ll be a group of experts.
The Patriots have some experience.
They have medical people who have medical expertise.
The Falcons have medical personnel who have experience.
And so, I think we’ll have this very professional group that’s going to provide the medical care that we need, which is not going to include the NFL and the players.