NFL donates $1.6 million to sports-related research

NEW YORK -- The NFL's charitable foundation is awarding nearly $1 million in grants for research related to concussions, an issue in the forefront all season.

NFL Charities is donating a total of $1.6 million for sports-related medical studies at 16 organizations this year, including a record $988,224 to 10 groups focusing on head injuries and neurological problems.

None of the $1.5 million handed out in 2009 went to concussion research, although the league had funded such work in previous years.

The studies receiving grants from NFL Charities in 2010 include research on concussions in youth football players, the effects of concussions on brain cells and behavior, and dementia in retired NFL players.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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