Posted January 30, 2014

NFL: Concussions down 13 percent in 2013

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The NFL has cracked down on helmet-to-helmet hits, levying big fines against players like Bucs safety Dashon Goldson. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty)

According to the NFL, increased concussion awareness and new safety procedures helped to reduce concussions this season. The league announced Thursday that the number of concussions sustained in practices and games dropped 13% from 2012 to 2013.

The league based its findings on information collected from team doctors, and also announced that concussions caused by head-to-head contact were down 23%.

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Jeff Miller, the NFL’s senior VP of health and safety policy, said Thursday that the data was indicative of “positive trends,” per the AP.


4 comments
gusCOYS
gusCOYS

This seems like skewing of results to make th NFL feel good to me.  Until football players stop using their helmets as offensive weapons (on offense or defense) concussions will continue.  The only way to make a safer helmet is to either go back to leather or do away with helmets and heavy pads altogether.  If rugby union or rugby league players can do it, why can't players in the NFL?

ConcernedAboutConcussions
ConcernedAboutConcussions

A “concussion” is a subjective interpretation of symptoms -- not an objective, quantifiable condition that’s consistently perceived across the medical field.We must focus energy and resources on preventing brain slosh and the associated damage and disease.

kingwhat
kingwhat

Concussions are down 13% in the NFL. Rumor has it that Bob Ryan, is demanding an apology from the researchers. And, it better be a good one.

dwb_alpha
dwb_alpha

That whole thing where Goodell made tackling illegal probably helped too.  I'm looking forward to the "fewer balls kicked through uprights" article when he removes extra points from the game too.