HBCU Medical School Students Selected for New NFL Program

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FILE - Dr. Allen Sills, Chief Medical Officer for the NFL, speaks to reporters during the NFL football owners meeting in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. Students from four Historically Black College and University medical schools will be selected for clinical rotations with NFL team medical staffs this year. “On the whole, a day would consist of a mixture of time with the athletic training staff, observing treatments and assessments and rehabilitation care,” said Sills. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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Fourteen medical students from HBCUs are going to work alongside NFL staff this season. According to the Associated Press, students were chosen from four HBCU medical schools and will work with the following teams: Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, San Francisco, Tennessee, and Washington Commanders.

This is a joint program with the NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) and the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS). The goal is to provide diversity across sports medicine, including in the NFL.

Only 7.3% of medical students in the U.S. are Black. That number has risen less than 1% over the past 40 years and is significantly lower than the 13.4% Black population in the country. It’s important to note that 70% of NFL players are Black.

The one-month clinical rotations are set to begin in September. Students will work with orthopedic team physicians, primary care team physicians, and athletic trainers.


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