NFL Players' Association and Athletes' Performance Form “The Trust” to Serve Former NFL Players in Life After Football
The NFL Players' Association (NFLPA) and Athletes' Performance today launched The Trust, a new initiative designed to serve former NFL players. The Trust will assist players in key areas such as: brain and body evaluations, career transition, health and nutrition, physical fitness and financial education. The program, funded by money negotiated in the current Collective Bargaining Agreement for former player benefits, will provide these services with no out-of-pocket costs to the player. Athletes' Performance was selected as the lifestyle partner to help former players meet their health and wellness goals by creating a personalized game plan that meets their needs.
“The only thing more important than taking care of players while they're on the field is ensuring their wellbeing once they're off of it, and that's exactly what The Trust was created to do,” said Mark Verstegen, president and founder of Athletes' Performance, and the NFLPA director of performance, player safety and welfare. “After multiple discussions with players, doctors, psychologists and other professional experts, it was clear such programs for support were sorely needed.”
To support this initiative, Athletes' Performance has hired a dedicated staff to provide: diet analysis and nutrition assessment, lifestyle strategies for healthy living, personalized workout plans, physical therapy assessment, injury history review and evaluation, performance training and much more. Athletes' Performance has developed Journey, a proprietary program that combines Web, mobile and in-person experience to deliver smart, simple strategies to help players reach their health and wellness goals.
Athletes' Performance is working side-by-side with former players to measurably enhance the health and wellness of former professional football players. These peer-to-peer ambassadors, called Captains, are available to answer questions about the services provided by Athletes' Performance and The Trust. Two time Super Bowl Champion, Charlie Batch, will serve as the Senior Captain, along with four Regional Captains including the Northeast Captain, Sam Gash; Southeast Captain, Erik McMillan; Midwest Captain, Jeff Saturday; and West Captain; Donnie Edwards.
Since its inception in 1999, Athletes' Performance has provided athletes with the skills needed to excel at the NFL Combine and succeed throughout their career in the NFL (training six number one picks for the NFL Draft, 94 first rounder selections and 459 total selections). The Trust delivers a continuum of the finest care available for players and fulfills the Athletes' Performance promise to assist players in both their personal and professional lives, with the opportunity to impact the lives of future, current, and former players – providing an integrated presence throughout the lifecycle of the NFL player.