The Trust Launches Milestone Wellness Assessment for Former NFL Players

UNC’s Center for the Study of Retired Athletes performs the assessments in conjunction with UNC Health Care.

The press release below was issued by The Trust (Powered by the NFLPA)

July 18, 2017

Washington, DC – The Trust (Powered by the NFLPA) announced today the launch of the Milestone Wellness Assessment. This new assessment was designed to round out The Trust’s Medical/Wellness services by providing a comprehensive health assessment administered by a team of highly regarded medical partners to players who are more than 15 years removed from playing in the NFL.

Bahati VanPelt, executive director of The Trust, said, “We’ve spent the past three years listening to our former player population. An assessment created specifically for this segment of players became apparent early on. Working closely with our medical providers, we designed the Milestone Wellness Assessment to focus on internal medicine concerns which can arise as males get older.”

The Milestone Wellness Assessment is a set of comprehensive screenings, including but not limited to: hypertension/high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular profile, orthopedic and body composition. As with The Trust’s Brain and Body Assessment, Milestone Wellness Assessments will be administered by the following medical partners of The Trust: Cleveland Clinic, Hoag Neuroscience Institute, Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“This is yet another great partnership with The Trust and a tremendous opportunity for our medical care group to help make a difference in the lives of these former professional athletes,” said Greg Stewart, MD, Tulane’s chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation and the PACT medical director.  “Our Professional Athlete Care Team understands the needs and care these former athletes need after retirement and we have a new state-of-the-art facility to meet those needs.”     

“The Milestone Wellness Assessment (MWA) provides a comprehensive brain and body assessment for these players across all Cleveland Clinic sites," said Jay Alberts, PhD, director of the Cleveland Clinic Concussion Center. "At the core of this, we take a very patient-specific approach to ensure that we address the most important concern(s) of the patient. It is the best way to deliver medicine and engage the patient in their health.” 

He added, “This program will be a success by removing barriers for former players to be actively engaged in the management of their health and well-being.”

“We are excited to continue our partnership with The Trust to promote the health and well-being of former NFL players,” said J.D. DeFreese, PhD, clinical assistant professor and program manager for UNC’s Center for the Study of Retired Athletes, which performs the assessments in conjunction with UNC Health Care. “Serving this population is a passion of our dedicated clinicians and staff.”

“Hoag is pleased and privileged to partner in this crucial collaboration to help ensure access for former NFL players to outstanding medical care following their careers,” said Michael Brant-Zawadzki, MD, FACR, senior physician executive at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, and the Ron and Sandi Simon Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair of the Hoag Neurosciences Institute. “As the West Coast satellite location for our efforts together with the Cleveland Clinic, we are able to optimize the health of former NFL players through a proactive approach using the most advanced diagnostic capabilities and clinical expertise available.  The Milestone Wellness Assessment will enable Hoag to expand the level of high-quality care made possible through The Trust to former players."

Once the assessments are completed, medical partners will provide the former player with recommendations containing a plan of action the former player can follow to ensure continuity of care at home. Annual follow-ups with their personal primary care physician or specialist will be recommended. As with all of The Trust’s programs and services, a former player must have a minimum of two credited seasons to participate in the assessment.

Former players who are interested in activating their benefits and/or learning more about the Milestone Wellness Assessment should contact The Trust via phone (866) 725-0063, email or website


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