Amidst a continuing health crisis among its former players, the NFL has pledged to help fight head injuries.

The NFL has pledged $30 million for medical research to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health after an outcry from former players who have suffered long term effects from head injuries after their playing careers.

Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday morning the funding to the NIH, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

NIH is one of the leading medical research centers in the world and in the area of head injuries.
The research is designed to benefit athletes and the general population, including members of the military, Goodell said.

Among the diseases that have emerged in some former players are dementia and Alzheimer’s.