NFL Concussions Up, However There's A Rise In Self-reporting

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NFL gamers sustained 38 extra reported concussions in 2017 than they did in 2016, the league introduced Friday in its annual harm report.

Groups recognized 281 whole concussions in 2017, essentially the most for the reason that NFL started publicly releasing concussion information in 2012. Final season, that quantity was 243.

Right here is the breakdown for this season:

• 190 concussions occurred throughout the common season, whereas 91 occurred within the preseason, each vital will increase from 2016, when gamers suffered 172 concussions within the common season and 71 within the preseason.

• 45 of the 91 preseason concussions in 2017 occurred in practices, whereas 46 occurred in video games. In 2016, solely 26 reported concussions had been sustained in preseason practices.

• Within the 2017 common season, 179 of the 190 concussions occurred in video games; solely 11 occurred in practices.

• In whole, 225 concussions had been sustained in video games in 2017, whereas 56 had been suffered in practices.

“Actually we’re dissatisfied that the concussion numbers are up,” NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills stated on a convention name Friday. “It’s one thing which challenges us now to roll up our sleeves and proceed to work exhausting to see that quantity come down, and I imagine that we’ll assault the issue in numerous methods. …We take this as a problem as a result of we’re not going to be glad till we drive that quantity a lot decrease, and that’s going to proceed to be a spotlight of our efforts.”

Sills went on to say that “not all of the information is dangerous information.” The NFL has truly seen a large enhance within the variety of gamers self-reporting concussion signs throughout video games. There have been 483 whole concussion evaluations throughout video games in 2017, and 47% of these evaluations had been both straight or partly spurred by a participant self-reporting.

In keeping with the league, 28% of the evaluations resulted solely from a participant self-reporting. An extra 19% concerned each a participant self-reporting and a physician initiating the analysis. In whole, there have been 50 extra situations of gamers self-reporting in 2017 than in 2016.

“Extra gamers are coming as much as us and telling us about their signs,” Sills stated. “I’m happy to see the information present that may be a substantial enhance. That confirms what I’ve been listening to from the group medical staffs and from the group athletic trainers, and in addition what I observe after I attend video games and I’m on the sideline.

“We expect that’s a really optimistic improvement. And it displays the truth that everybody has a really low threshold for doing screening, and we’re proud that we’re doing extra screening exams than we’ve ever achieved earlier than, in order that out detection could be much more full.”

 
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