Harvard University, NFL use Apple ResearchKit to study player health

Using Apple's ResearchKit, Harvard University's Football Players Health Study and the NFL Player's Association are conducting as study to sees the long-term impact of injuries sustained by NFL players.

The study, called TeamStudy, seeks to help former NFL players and the general public better understand brain function, heart health and mobility and develop more effective diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Former NFL players helped design the study, focusing on the issues that matter most to them.

The general public participating in the study will serve as a control group.

"This app will allow the Harvard team to take its work to another level — reaching perhaps thousands more former players and extending even further to fans, friends, spouses and other communities," said Mark Herzlich, a linebacker for the New York Giants and a member of the NFLPA Executive Committee. "Across the board, we're seeing more mainstream interest in supporting player health. TeamStudy will allow everyone's voice to be heard as app users perform simple activities and answer basic health questions."

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