The NFL players union wants the league to ban players from wearing gear that indicates they are healthy.
The union filed a motion Monday asking a judge to stop the league from enforcing a provision in its current collective bargaining agreement that bans players from having their gear labeled as “health and wellness.”
The union’s motion says the provision was enacted in 2003 as a way to “ensure that players have access to the highest quality equipment available in the league and that the equipment is available for purchase and use only by the owners.”
The union says it wants the NFL to ban all players from participating in the “health gear” campaign and all other health-related campaign campaigns.
“The NFL is currently in the midst of a campaign to promote the NFL Health and Fitness Program, which will be a major initiative in the NFLPA’s ongoing efforts to educate the NFL and its players on the importance of physical fitness,” the union said in the motion.
The union wants players to wear helmets and other protective gear that matches their own physical attributes.
It says that in the past two years, the NFL has launched its Health and Fit Program in partnership with the United Way and the American Red Cross.
The program encourages players to participate in various activities, such as yoga, pilates and even running.
The league is expected to unveil its health- and fitness program in mid-April.