Source: washingtonpost.com | Re-Post Duerson Fund 2/27/2018 –
The number of diagnosed concussions suffered by NFL players increased nearly 16 percent this season over last season, and the rate of injuries suffered by players during Thursday night games exceeded the injury rate in other games.
Those were among the key developments as the NFL released its preliminary injury data Friday for the 2017 preseason and regular season.
“Certainly we’re disappointed that the concussion numbers are up. … We take this as a challenge because we’re not going to be satisfied until we drive that number much lower,” Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer, said in a conference calls with reporters.
According to the data, which is gathered and analyzed by the independent company IQVIA (formerly called Quintiles) and also provided to the NFL Players Association, players suffered 281 concussions during the preseason and regular season. That is an increase of 15.6 percent over the 243 diagnosed concussions suffered by players during the 2016 preseason and regular season.
It also is the highest number of concussions suffered by players in a season since at least 2012. According to the data provided by the league, there were 261 concussions suffered by players in 2012, 229 in 2013, 206 in 2014 and 275 in 2015.