The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) and the National Football League Foundation have partnered to provide an online continuing medical education course on the assessment and management of concussions. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), under the leadership of Joseph F. Waeckerle, MD, FACEP, will manage the project with funding provided by the NFL Foundation.

“This is an important and timely project, given a recent study that reports that emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury increased by 29 percent over just 4 years,” said Dr. Waeckerle. “We need to be involved in all aspects of care, from prevention through treatment. I enjoyed collaborating with some of the best experts in the world to produce a first-rate educational product for emergency physicians and anyone who is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of concussion. We look forward to future collaboration with the NFL Foundation.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury have increased 60 percent over the past decade, which is why emergency physicians are calling for more education on concussion recognition and care.

“Education is critical to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment of the injury in the emergency room, on the sidelines and elsewhere,” said Jeff Miller, NFL senior vice president of health and safety policy. “The NFL is pleased to partner with leaders like EMF to educate physicians and improve care for anyone who suffers a concussion.”

Using a peer-review methodology, Dr. Waeckerle and members of ACEP developed an accredited continuing medical education course that covers a number of topics related to concussion, including: epidemiology, prevention and mitigation, recognition, management, and recovery and return to play. The free online course is available to all physicians nationwide and designated and approved by ACEP for a maximum of 1.5. AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and a maximum of 1.5 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.

“Early intervention is critical to preventing short and long-term complications,” said Brooks Bock, MD, FACEP, chairman of EMF. “EMF appreciates the NFL’s support for this important effort to help improve the care of people who have experienced concussions.”

For more information and access to the course, visit

About EMF: The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) is THE charity of choice of emergency physicians. EMF promotes education and research that develops career emergency medicine investigators, improves patient care and provides the basis for effective health policy. EMF has awarded more than $12 million in emergency medicine research grants over its history.

EMF is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. The American College of Emergency Physicians makes an annual gift to EMF to underwrite administrative, program and fundraising expenses.

About ACEP: ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies.

About NFL Foundation: The NFL Foundation is the league’s nonprofit organization representing the 32 NFL clubs. Its mission is to support the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football and the communities which support our game. For more information, visit

In other NFL News…

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday named two new executive vice presidents.

Veteran strategic communicator Joe Lockhart will be the league’s EVP of Communications. Cynthia Hogan, who joined the NFL in September 2014 as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, was promoted to Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs.

Both positions report to NFL Chief Operating Officer Tod Leiweke.

Lockhart, who has advised corporations, individuals, political campaigns and government officials at the highest levels and in the most complex environments, joins the NFL from The Glover Park Group, the Washington, DC-based strategic communications and government affairs firm he co-founded. He will oversee and direct league office initiatives for communications, social responsibility and community relations.

Hogan will expand her role to provide public policy expertise across the league on a wide range of issues. She also will continue to work closely with NFL teams on local and state issues. Hogan has served as the NFL’s interim communications chief since September.

Lockhart was White House press secretary and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton from 1998-2000. He also was a senior advisor and press secretary to several presidential campaigns over two decades.

Lockhart has built deep corporate communications experience across his career, including as vice president of global communications for Facebook with responsibility for corporate, policy and international communications.

Previously, Lockhart built substantial experience inside newsrooms, as assignment editor at ABC News, deputy assignment manager for CNN in Washington and foreign producer for SKY Television News, Europe’s first 24-hour television broadcast news service.

Hogan is the former Deputy Assistant to the President and Counsel to the Vice President of the United States. As part of the White House staff from 2009 to 2013, she analyzed complex legal and policy issues for the Obama Administration. Hogan led numerous special projects, including the Obama Administration’s effort to confirm Justice Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court and also helped coordinate the administration’s gun violence proposals.

Prior to joining the White House, Hogan was Chief Counsel, Staff Director and Counsel for Constitutional Law for the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary from 1991 to 1996.