NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 40
Access To Personnel And Medical Records

Section 2
Medical Records


A player may examine his medical and trainers’ records in the possession of the Club or Club physician two times each year, once during the preseason and again after the regular season. Any player or former player may obtain a copy of his medical or trainer’s records without charge upon request during the offseason. A player’s personal physician may, upon presentation to the Club physician of an authorization signed by the player, inspect the player’s medical and trainers’ records in consultation with the Club physician or have copies of such medical and trainers’ records forwarded to such player’s personal physician. Upon request by the player or player’s personal physician as described in this Subsection, such records shall be provided as soon as possible, and in no event later than seven (7) business days from the receipt of the request.


To the extent that a player’s medical or trainer records contain information that is subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (as amended and as implemented through regulations) or other applicable laws, nothing in this Section shall be construed to restrict a player’s right to access his information under such laws.


All NFL Players and prospective players shall be required to execute the medical record authorizations attached hereto as Appendix S every year. Players not yet employed by an NFL Club should execute these authorizations at the initiation of their employment. Players who are already on a Club roster should execute these authorizations as part of their annual preseason physical examination.