Mar 31, 2016
App Collects Football Player Health Data

Harvard University has created an app, known as TeamStudy, which is intended to collect data on former NFL players  in order to learn more about the long-term effects playing football has on players. According to, TeamStudy will take roughly 20 minutes per week to complete, and covers a variety of areas of mental and physical health, including a memory survey, a heart health activity log, and balance tests. 

The study is open to former football players and the general public, with the latter serving as a control group. Participants can complete questions from their iPhones, and ask the research team questions about the study.

Two former NFL players, former Dallas Cowboy Dat Nguyen and former New York Giant Mark Herzlich, have taken part in the study. Herzlich, a member of the executive committee of the NFL Players Association, which supports the study, expressed an interest in the app’s potential.

“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,” he said.

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