NFL Alumni sign partnership with Northwestern

Rob Karwath for NWHSU | May 22, 2018

Former pro football players can receive pain relief and other care at Northwestern Health Sciences University.

About 200 former National Football League players living in Minnesota will be eligible to receive care at Northwestern Health Sciences University for relief of pain and other conditions often caused or made worse by football injuries.

Northwestern and the Minnesota NFL Alumni signed a contract to provide care to the former players at the university’s Human Performance Center, which offers treatments including chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, Chinese medicine and nutrition, as well as rehabilitation and therapeutic exercise.

“This is an opportunity to improve our former players’ lives, and I think many will take advantage of it,” said Lee Nystrom, 66, vice president of the Minnesota Chapter of the NFL Alumni who played for the Green Bay Packers from 1973 to 1975.

He added: “As a former NFL player, I have seen firsthand some of the devastating effects of the game. We’re always eager to do anything that we think can help our members live healthier lives. This is a great opportunity right here in the Twin Cities to help former NFL players in this region.”

Tim Stark, a sports chiropractor and director of the Human Performance Center, said the former NFL players will be eligible to receive treatments for pain and other conditions on an unlimited basis.

“They can spend up to 90 minutes each time meeting with all of the professionals on our campus and in the Human Performance Center,” Stark said. “We have been talking with the Minnesota NFL Alumni for two years, and we are excited to now make this agreement formal.”

He added: “A number of NFL Alumni members have aches and pains, basically from sacrificing their bodies to varying degrees for our entertainment. We are pleased to be able to provide integrated sports care to these high-performance athletes. Many of us love watching NFL football. But our commitment shouldn’t end when the athlete stops playing. We’ll now be able to contribute to these players and to their health.”

The agreement with the Minnesota NFL Alumni expands agreements that the Human Performance Center already has with professional and high-level amateur sports teams, including: the Minnesota Vixen women’s professional football team, the Minnesota Freeze Australian rules football team, the USA Tug-Of-War Team and the British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee.

For more than 75 years, Northwestern Health Sciences University, based in Bloomington, MN, has provided world-class professional education and research as well as comprehensive health and wellness services. Its more than 130 faculty members annually teach about 6,500 students pursuing degrees and continuing education in accredited programs in chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, Chinese medicine, nutrition and other treatments.

Northwestern has more than 7,500 graduates in the U.S. and 21 countries. It provides services to more than 40,000 patients annually through clinics in four states.

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