Launched in 2012, The Sports and Health Research Program (SHRP) aims to help accelerate the pursuit of research to enhance the health of athletes at all levels - past, present and future - and to extend the impact of that research beyond the playing field to benefit others in the general population, including members of the military.
Made possible by a founding commitment of $30 million from the National Football League (NFL), and with an initial focus on traumatic brain injury, the SHRP is designed to expand to encompass other areas of research on serious medical conditions prominent in athletes and to engage additional funding partners representing a breadth of relevant interests such as:
- degenerative joint disease
- sudden cardiac arrest in young athletes
- heat and hydration-related illness and injury, and
- sickle cell trait
Research supported through the SHRP is conducted under the direction of the NIH.