November 17, 2016 The Pittsburgh Steelers team announced today the establishment of The Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research. As a way to honor the Steelers legendary coach, The Foundation will support continued research and education regarding brain injuries and treatment of sports-related concussions. The Steelers organization has provided an initial contribution of $1 million to start a fund raising drive for the Foundation.
An Article today in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette notes the often-told story of how:
Dr. Joe Maroon broke the news to coach Chuck Noll: His quarterback, Bubby Brister, would not be able to play in an upcoming game because of a concussion. Noll was perplexed. He told Maroon that Brister looked fine and acted fine all week, and wanted to know what evidence-based data led Maroon to that decision. Maroon said he was merely abiding by guidelines drawn up by experts on concussions that said a player with a concussion must sit out a minimum two games. The National Football League did not have specific guidelines at the time.
“Chuck said, ‘Look, if you want time to keep a player out, OK, but I want objective data, not specious guidelines without factual basis,’” Maroon said. “Now I’m thinking, who is he to tell me about this? But I thought about it and said, you know what, he was right.”
The medical advisory panel will include:
- Neurosurgeon Dr. Joseph Maroon
- Neurosurgeon Dr. Julian Bailes
- Neurosurgeon Dr. Regis Haid
Per the Pittsburgh Steelers website:
The Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research shall provide funding for research projects relating to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of injuries of the brain occurring primarily in sports activities. The Foundation shall also engage in fundraising activities to allow for continuous grant making to support worthy research projects. The Foundation shall also partner with other foundations, companies and organizations in the support of research projects.
The Board of the Foundation shall be assisted by a Medical Advisory Panel which shall be made up of distinguished physicians and researchers in fields related to brain injuries. The Medical Advisory Panel shall provide advice with regard to research projects or publications that are worthy of consideration for funding.
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