Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) July 18, 2016
The Living Heart Foundation and Pro Player Health Alliance, with support from the Professional Athletes Foundation and National Football League Players Association, will continue working with former players to research heart health through its Living Heart Foundation research screening program.
“When a player’s athletic career ends, the level of exercise is reduced dramatically while caloric intake often remains high. This could lead to obesity, along with other serious comorbidities,” said Andre Collins, Executive Director of the Professional Athletes Foundation and NFLPA Director of Former Players.
Pro Player Health Alliance teamed up with the Living Heart Foundation to provide additional education regarding sleep disorders. The goal of Pro Player Health Alliance is to provide healthy long term solutions for NFL players with sleep disorders and spread awareness together across the nation.
The next health evaluation in collaboration with Pro Player Health Alliance/NFLPA will be July 23, 2016 at the Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. Special advocates are going to include two of the greatest WR of all time- Julio Jones and Jet Stream Roy Green. Roy has been the driving force behind the huge success of Pro Player Health Alliance’s awareness campaign-connecting thousands of former players with doctors for testing/treatment. Green’s passion for the cause is fueled by his own personal experiences-three heart attacks and two strokes. After being successfully treated for obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy he has had zero reoccurrences of heart issues, yet he is aware that damage has been done and is adamant about preventing this from happening to anyone else.
Pro Player Health Alliance selected Dr. Bill Williams, DMD of Suwanee Dental Care to provide oral appliance therapy for patients when it is medically indicated. “Public awareness and engagement, is key to the success of Pro Player Health Alliance and its members. Dr. Williams is a member of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy, sitting for Diplomacy in September. Pro Player Health Alliance only partners with members of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy to ensure patients are treated by the most experienced and educated dental sleep professionals in the country. We are confident he will provide elite quality patient care and are excited to work with Dr. Williams and his staff as well as continue to refer current/former professional athletes to his practice in the future.” –David Gergen, CEO of Pro Player Health Alliance.
ABOUT LIVING HEART FOUNDATION
The Living Heart Foundation (LHF) is a nonprofit organization under IRS 501 (c) (3) code. The LHF was initially funded by a grant from the Edison Foundation. Subsequently, Funding sources and donations have been obtained from companies like Covidien, Pfizer, Meridian Health System, Siemens, Professional Athletes Foundation, and from individual sources. The LHF was established by Arthur J. Roberts, MD in April 2001 to combat sudden cardiac death and to provide cardiovascular (CV) risk stratification with early preventive intervention for cardiac, pulmonary, and metabolic conditions through on-site screening and integrated follow-up health programs. The LHF has published 14 peer review papers related to CV and other health risks in high school, college and former NFL athletes.
ABOUT THE NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION
The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is a non-profit, professional sports union that protects the best interests and welfare of all NFL players. Established in 1956, the NFLPA is governed by a Board of Player Representatives, acting in accordance with the NFLPA Constitution and federal labor laws. The NFLPA’s responsibilities include: Representing all players in matters concerning wages, hours and working conditions and protecting their rights as professional football players; ensuring that the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement are met; negotiating and monitoring retirement and insurance benefits; providing other member services and activities; providing assistance to charitable and community organizations; enhancing and defending the image of players and their profession, on and off the field. For more information, visit http://www.NFLPlayers.com.
ABOUT PRO PLAYER HEALTH ALLIANCE
Pro Player Health Alliance (PPHA) is an organization dedicated to helping former NFL players, through providing testing and treatment options for those who suffer from sleep apnea. Since launching in April 2012, over 160 players have been treated through PPHA's "Tackle Sleep Apnea" campaign. Also, the PPHA is dedicated to integrating education and raising sleep apnea awareness, in a fun and memorable way. In addition to the campaign, PPHA is dedicated to testing and getting people who suffer from sleep apnea treated.
ABOUT DR. BILL WILLIAMS
Dr. Williams is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and a Master of the International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics as well as the team dentist for the Gwinnett Gladiators for 11 years. Check on some before and after photos of Atlanta Extreme Makeover patients and Deserving Diva Smile Makeover Winners here.
Dr. Williams is the dental director for Kenya Medical Outreach Dental missions with annual mission trips to Kenya from 2001-2011. Check out his 2005 and 2009 Honduras Dental Mission and 2008 Tanzania Mission pages.
Living Heart Foundation
NFL Players Association and Professional Athletes Foundation
Pro Player Health Alliance
Suwanee Dental Care