Apollo Neuro and the NFL Alumni Association Announce Multi-Year Partnership

PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apollo NeurosciencesMT, maker of the first scientifically validated wearable device that improves the body’s resistance to stress, today announced a multi-year partnership with the National Football League Alumni Association (NFLAA), the oldest, largest retired player organization. known and most respected in the world. professional sports. The partnership is the result of ongoing conversations the NFLAA has had with its community looking for better tools to safely improve the sleep, pain and mental health of retired athletes.

The NFLAA and Apollo Neuroscience have partnered to provide former NFL players and their families with deeply discounted products and educational content to ensure their physical and mental well-being long after their playing career is over. Additionally, Apollo Neuroscience and the NFLAA are partnering with the Board of Medicine to present “Where the Athletic Heart and Mind Meet,” a special webinar from the NFL Alumni Enlightenment Webisode Series that dives deep into heart wellness and cardiovascular disease of athletes. The special episode will air live on the Apollo Neuro and NFLAA channels on August 10.

Founded in 1967 by a group of retired NFL players, NFL Alumni members include thousands of retired players, coaches, front office executives, spouses, cheerleaders and passionate fans. One of the primary missions of NFL alumni is to “look after us,” as the organization educates, assists, and serves players in their post-NFL lives. Alumni are offered a diverse set of medical, business and legal services to help them and their families stay healthy, productive and connected to the league and their former teammates.

“We are thrilled to support the NFL Alumni Association’s mission to improve the health and well-being of retired NFL players and their families,” said Kathryn Fantauzzi, co-founder and CEO of Apollo Neuroscience. “Born in the lab at the University of Pittsburgh, the Apollo wearable is a non-invasive and safe tool for improving sleep quality, mood and focus. We are excited to be able to bring Apollo technology to former gamers of the NFL as part of our partnership with the NFL Alumni Association so that they can experience the benefits of this new scientifically validated technology directly.


As part of the three-year agreement, Apollo Neuro will provide deep discounts to any retired NFL player, cheerleader or executive who is part of the NFL Alumni Association and wants to experience the health benefits of wearable. Apollo. The Apollo wearable works by interacting with your sense of touch, delivering quiet, soothing vibrations to rebalance and strengthen your nervous system, helping you transition from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest.” Apollo technology has been proven to improve physical and mental recovery, performance, sleep and heart rate variability (HRV) – a key indicator of stress resilience.

The most common health goals among NFL alumni include improving sleep quality, pain and cardiovascular health, which further reinforces the importance of this partnership. In an ongoing sleep study aimed at understanding the impact of the Apollo wearable on sleep and cardiovascular health, those who used Apollo consistently (3+ hours per day, 5+ days per week, day at night) found significant improvements in sleep and cardiovascular health parameters. . Preliminary results showed the following improvements (on average) in just three months:

  • 19% increase in deep sleep

  • 14% increase in REM sleep

  • 30 minutes more sleep each night

  • 11% increase in HRV

  • 4% decrease in resting heart rate

“We are extremely excited to partner with Apollo Neuro to bring another valuable resource to the thousands of former professional football players, executives, cheerleaders, coaches and their families who make up the NFL Alumni Association,” Beasley Reece said. , CEO of NFL Alumni. Association. “Working closely with such a forward-thinking and inventive company like Apollo Neuro aligns perfectly with our goal of providing continuous care and the latest medical, mental health and wellness tools and resources to our community. ”

“I’ve been a big supporter of Apollo Neuro ever since I discovered the Apollo handheld a few years ago,” said Dr. Joseph Maroon, MD, FACS, clinical professor and vice chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at ‘University of Pittsburgh. Medical center and consultant neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers. “Dr. Dave Rabin and his team have developed a device that can increase your heart rate variability. In fact, Apollo is the only wearable device available that will modulate your heart rate variability to the next level and put you in a state of meditative without actually meditating.I recommend Apollo to my patients who may be struggling with sleep issues or feelings of anxiety, stress and/or depression – all of which we unfortunately see many former professional athletes struggle with. once their playing days are behind them.

The partnership with Apollo Neuro reinforces the commitment of NFL alumni to develop additional resources and programs that champion tools to help former players improve their overall health, mental health and well-being.


Apollo is a wearable wellness device, developed by neuroscientists and doctors, that improves the body’s resistance to stress, allowing users to relax, sleep, concentrate, recover and feel better. Worn on the wrist or ankle, the Apollo wearable works by acting on the sense of touch, emitting quiet, soothing vibrations that help remind users that they are safe and in control.

Apollo Neuro’s technology trains the nervous system to bounce back from stress faster, moving from “fight or flight” to “rest and digest.” Over time, the body learns to recover from stress more quickly, to help provide feelings of relaxation and promote deeper sleep and clearer, more consistent concentration.

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About Apollo Neuro

Apollo Neuroscience is at the forefront of a new class of wearable technology that actively improves health, using touch therapy to support stress resilience, sleep, focus, recovery, and more. Worn on the wrist or ankle, Apollo Neuro™’s scientifically validated technology delivers gentle vibrations to the body that restore balance to the nervous system. By harnessing our natural response to soothing touch, the Apollo™ wearable is a simple, unobtrusive tool that delivers the benefits of mindfulness with no effort on the part of the user. The result? Less stress, more sleep. Less fatigue, more concentration. The Apollo wearable is safe and non-invasive for adults and children. Developed by physicians and neuroscientists, the Apollo wearable has been tested in multiple studies and clinical trials and proven to improve heart rate variability (HRV), a biometric key to stress resilience. For more information, visit www.apolloneuro.com.

About the NFL Alumni Association

Founded in 1967 by a small group of retired NFL players, the NFL Alumni is the oldest, best-known and most respected organization of retired professional sports players. Membership includes thousands of retired players, coaches, front office executives, spouses, cheerleaders and passionate fans. One of the primary missions of NFL alumni is to “take care of our own” as we educate, assist and serve players in their post-NFL lives. NFLAA is a non-profit organization.