The NFL, which is currently preparing for the playoffs and has begun to recruit new players to the league, is opening a diagnostic center for injured players to help them understand the severity of their injuries and their ability to function.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the NFL and the entire sport of football,” NFL Vice President of Player Safety Ted Wells told The Associated Press in a statement.
“Injuries that are life-threatening are often devastating and can leave an athlete paralyzed for the rest of their life.”
The facility is expected to open later this year and will be staffed by an assistant athletic trainer, a medical specialist and a neurosurgeon.
The league has yet to announce a starting quarterback, though some reports say it is looking at Josh McCown of the Indianapolis Colts and Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders.
The facility will be run by a group of experts, including a surgeon, a physician assistant and a neurologist, who will monitor players’ condition to make sure they are able to perform in a timely fashion.
They will also help players understand how to safely manage their injuries, including how to maintain their mobility and function during the recovery process.
It is not clear how long the diagnostic center will be open.
However, the NFL said it would be open during the playoffs if necessary.