The Concussion Blog Original, NFL Concussion Report, is a weekly compiling of the reported head injuries in the National Football League. Concussions are added to the list each week from multiple sources to give you the reader a picture of what is happening on the field. Each week we will bring you the information along with relevant statistics. If we have missed a concussion or put one on here erroneously, let us know (we will also be using Fink’s Rule to classify a concussion/head injury).
It has been a couple of weeks since the last NFLCR, the preseason wrap-up, but that is not because of lack of information. Rather, it was merely a case of time management on my part, my bad. So we present the concussion report through Week 2 (as an aside, you will see our stats in Sports Illustrated’s Med Check by Will Carroll throughout the season as well).
Again the Philadelphia Eagles provided a “jump-start” to concussion awareness in the NFL, with the unfortunate friendly fire injury to quarterback Mike Vick. There has been enough “dissection” of that particular injury so no need to pile on; but Eagles Athletic Trainer Rick Burkholder and the medical staff in Philly have been doing a proficient job of making sure he is ready to return. Taking away Vick’s injury there was another quarterback that sustained a concussion last week. As Alex Smith of the San Francisco 49′ers was listed with a concussion following the game on Sunday versus the Dallas Cowboys.
Enough of the particulars and the “pretty boys” getting the attention; there were six other concussions during Week 2 action, and none of them were reported to have happened on special teams. It was evenly split between the offensive and defensive side of the ball, continuing the trend from last year (49.1 to 50.9, O to D).
Overall in the regular season the total now stands at 17, down from 24 last season. It is still too early to say whether correct rule enforcement, rule changes, and looming fines have had an effect on the numbers, but it is a good start. Here are the rest of the stats through two weeks (our definition of Incidence Rate (InR) is projected concussions/45 players taking the field per team per game, our definition of Epidemiological Incidence Rate (EInR) is projected concussions/53 man roster per team)
- 17 Total Concussion/Head Injuries (9 W1)
- 8.5 Concussions/Week (9.0 W1)
- 0.56 Concussions/Game (0.60 W1)
- 10.03% InR
- 8.52% EInR
- 8 on Offense, 9 on Defense
- Positionally Speaking
- QB – 2, RB – 0, WR – 2, TE – 1, OL – 3, DL – 2, LB – 3, DB – 4
- Team Breakdown
- ATL, BAL, CAR, NE, OAK – 2
- CHI, IND, NYG, PHI, PIT, SF, TEN – 1
- Rest of league – 0
Quick note on InR and EInR; Until someone can provide a better stat or renaming of the stat we are using, we feel these are good numbers to gain a perspective on what is happening. InR should be viewed as the percentage of players playing in a game that could sustain a concussion; in this case 10% of players taking the field will sustain a concussion this season based upon current observations. The EInR should then be looked at as the percentage of the NFL active roster that could sustain a concussion in the season. Regardless of those numbers one can easily see that currently there will be at least one concussion/two games played each week.
Final Notes; We had original designs on posting this information on Thursday’s, like last season, but we feel it is now more effective to post on Friday’s to get an entire picture of the injuries after the Injury Report is due to the NFL for the MNF game teams… As always please feel free to send us information about concussions occurring in the games you are watching, or see in the press after the games, not all concussions will be listed on the OIR if they recover by Wednesday… We are collecting helmet data on all concussed players again this year, if you know how to, or want to identify helmets (including gathering random samples of all helmets seen) drop us a line via email…