Powering the Next Generation of Athlete Safety

January 5, 2020

Jennifer Langton, Senior Vice President of Player Health and Innovation for the NFL, joined Amazon Web Services (AWS) for their virtual re:Invent conference, where she gave an update on the league’s work with AWS to bring speed and scale to player health and safety initiatives, with the goal of powering a new generation of insights into player injuries, game rules, equipment, rehabilitation, and recovery.

While the league has been working with AWS since 2017 on the NFL Next Gen Stats (NGS) platform, this expanded partnership between the NFL and AWS, announced last year, combines the league’s unique data sets of human performance and football information with AWS’s strong culture of technology innovation to develop a more profound understanding of the game and human performance than has ever existed before.

Jennifer discussed how the NFL and AWS, in leveraging video footage and Next Gen Stats data, are doing something never done in football before—developing computer vision models that identify the forces that cause concussions, among other injuries. Work is already underway to train deep learning models to identify and track a player on the field—the important first step in training the system to detect, classify, and identify injury-significant events and collisions.

You can watch the full keynote address here: LINK.


View All
  • Local doctors take concussion research beyond traditional sports, include wheelchair athletes
    January 14, 2022

    WTMJ Online Milwaukee January 12, 2022 Athletes who play full contact sports know that concussions are always a serious risk. That’s why there’s so much research done on the injury. But, that research isn’t always so helpful to athletes in wheelchairs. Doctors at the Zablocki VA Hospital’s Spinal Cord Injury Center are working to change […]

    Read more
  • Death of High School Hockey Player Renews Debate on Neck Guards
    January 14, 2022

    The New York Times January 12, 2022 Expressions of grief after the death of Teddy Balkind, a high school hockey player in Connecticut, have spanned the ice hockey world, from pregame moments of silence in New England to tributes on “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcasts to hockey sticks set tenderly on porches from Manitoba to […]

    Read more
  • Study aims to prevent deadly sports injury in young athletes
    January 14, 2022

    Medical Xpress January 12, 2022 At an Arizona baseball diamond 10 years ago, a 13-year-old baseball player turned to bunt a ball that instead struck his chest. Taking two steps towards first base, he collapsed and died from commotio cordis, the second leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. It’s an outcome Grant […]

    Read more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *