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Professional Athlete Care Team

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Since 2011, the Professional Athlete Care Team (PACT) has been caring for retired professional athletes through partnerships with the National Football League and National Football League Players Association.  PACT is a distinctive care model designed to meet the specific needs of former professional athletes. Privacy and transparency are hallmarks of the program, allowing professional athletes the freedom to discuss their health in an open, trusting environment. The PACT program is unique in that uses athletic trainers as navigators to provide former athletes with a higher level of comfort and familiarity.

NFL Player Care Foundation

In 2011, Tulane became one of five sites for the NFL Neurological Care Program which utilizes neurological specialists to provide comprehensive evaluations of brain and spinal function along with an individually tailored treatment plan.

Tulane is also the sole provider for the Healthy Body and Mind Screening program. This free national screening program is open to all former NFL players and includes a series of cardiovascular and prostate screenings and mental health resources and education.

NFLPA - The Trust

Brain and Body Assessment:  In 2013, Tulane became one of four sites for the NFLPA's Brain & Body Assessment - a set of screenings and tests designed for the former player who has played in the league in the past 15 years. Following their assessments players are given a plan of action that they can follow in their home community.

Milestone Wellness Assessment: In 2017, the NFLPA Trust announced its Milestone Wellness Assessment which provides screenings and tests designed for former players who have been removed from the NFL for 15 or more years.

Mission and Values

Mission: The Professional Athlete Care Team (PACT) takes pride in caring for the overall health and well-being of all former professional athletes. PACT provides athletes with facilitated access to comprehensive evaluation and treatment plans.

Values:

  • We operate as a team with each player's success being the sole measure of our own success, individually and collectively.
  • We empower players to take charge of their health, careers, finances, and growth.
  • We find solutions, not excuses.
  • We embrace good ideas, regardless of from whom they come.
  • We over-communicate and under-complain.
  • The Trust Staff and Partners exhibit teamwork and absolute commitment to the Mission and Principles.
Facts and Figures
  • The PACT team has provided world-class health care to over 1,500 former professional athletes since its inception in 2011.
  • The PACT team provided health screenings for over 150 former NFL players at Super Bowl LI in Houston in February 2017.
  • The PACT team has helped over 400 Brain and Body patients from 31 states with their health care needs since November 2013