A brain-injury treatment program originally designed for military veterans injured on the battlefield has been updated to include professional athletes.
Representatives with the Eisenhower Center announced Tuesday that it will be the primary facility used by the NFL Players Association for treating brain injuries and other neurological issues through the After the Impact program.
The residential neuro-rehabilitation facility is based in Ann Arbor.
The program provides intense treatment for soldiers and athletes recovering from concussions, mild traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems. It evolved from the Eisenhower Center’s transitional treatment program to help military members deal with brain injuries.
The NFL expects 6,000 of nearly 20,000 retired players or 28 percent to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or at least moderate dementia someday.