Earlier this week, the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University launched a really cool challenge with cash prizes to be awarded. Why do we care, besides caring in general about the damage that occurs to some of our favorite athletes over the course of their careers? Well, this particular challenge is about - sleep apnea!
The Players Study is offering a financial incentive to stimulate the creative problem solvers among us: come up with a way to improve "adherence" to CPAP therapy. Basically what "adherence" means in this context is - what will help us keep putting on our masks every night, and keeping them on, so that our brains and bodies can begin to heal themselves from the quiet, sneaky damage done by untreated sleep apneas. Or, do you have an even better idea? They’d like to hear it.
So while the Players Study is doing this as part of their overall drive to help football players - and we encourage you to go check out the issues - their challenge is also a challenge for us all.
Think about it: what can you come up with, that might help make a difference? Sometimes the best ideas come from those of us who use the technology or treatments. And if you win one of the prizes - let us know! We’d love to celebrate with you!