NFL Concussion Report Week 12


As unpredictable as the games have been in the NFL, what is becoming a trend is the amount of concussions. The nation took notice in week six after some big hits, and the league responded with more emphasis on the rules, including increases in the fines. Since then, there have been 48 concussions, leading up to that there were 45. A quick snapshot would tell you that rule enforcement is not helping.

Along the time we have been reporting this information, how we disseminate it has been tweaked, giving you the reader the most accurate picture of what is going on in this sport in terms of concussions. While analyzing the info, we have made slight changes to the player chart (put the week the injury was sustained), and with the numbers (reevaluated the preseason injuries).

Since training camp has opened there have been 108 total reported concussions. There were eight concussions reported prior to the regular season, and 7 more that MAY have occurred before the regular season, but were not reported until week one. For reporting purposes of regular season the total is now 100 (DJ Williams of the Denver Broncos get the distinction of the 100th). The following are regular season stats.

  • Incidence Rate = 14.63%
  • Epidemiological Incidence = 9.11%
  • Concussions per week = 9.0
  • Concussions per game = .60
  • Projected Concussions = 154

The following stats are for all 108 concussion;

  • Offensive Concussions = 52
  • Defensive Concussions = 58
  • QB = 8, RB = 9, TE = 11, WR = 17, OL = 7
  • DL = 12, LB = 12, DB = 32

Click on the rest of the story for the entire list…

Week=Week Injury Occurred, -1=Training Camp, 0=Preseason

Jon McGraw was taken off injury report for head injury going into week 11, then was placed back on list with head injury going to week 12.

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7 thoughts on “NFL Concussion Report Week 12

  1. Jeffrey Rovell December 1, 2010 / 00:45

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE RECOGNIZE THAT CONCUSSIONS IN MANY SPORTS ARE NOT DUE TO ONLY HELMET TO HELMET OR HEAD TO HEAD HITS BUT RESULT FROM FACE MASK AND SIDE HTIS AND HITS TO THE JAW. THE IMPACT TO THE JAW REACHES THE TMJ WHICH IS BELOW THE SKULL AND BRAIN AND A CONCUSSION OCCURS OR IMPACT TO THE BRAIN.
    JAW JOINT PROTECTION IS POSSIBLE TO REDUCE THE IMPACT BY AS MUCH AS 40%
    BY A DUAL ARCH JAW JOINT PROTECTOR KNOWN AS BRAIN PAD. http://www.brainpads.com
    Respectfully submitted,
    Dr. Rovelll

    • Dustin Fink December 1, 2010 / 02:53

      Dr. Rovell,

      Awesome point on the obvious other mechanisms of concussions.

      Thanks for the note, however as discussed previously in this blog the impact where jaw joint protection would even begin to help is a direct uppercut like force. Even then the forces applied to the brain case are enough to deliver damage to the brain, regardless of protection. Your “40%” number is erroneous and misleading, as that number only “projects” a possibility of the TMJ area, not in reducing the actual forces to the brain.

      Rotational, shearing, indirect forces (whiplash) would not and should not even be considered for protection by the brainpad. I understand you are trying to capitalize on the business side of the concussion issue, but lets be realistic and not “carni-tricksters”.

      Your Brianpad is a wonderful piece of equipment for protection of mouth and tooth injuries, and could, I stress COULD, even reduce the force to the brain in an uppercut situation, but even then the more realistic number would maybe be something like 1-5%.

      I have repeatedly sent you email with questions regarding the above statements and have yet to get a clear and concise response, other than a blanket, hack job research abstract. If you care to discuss this further you may email me.

      • Tina December 10, 2010 / 13:26

        Also, in response to Dr. Rovell, I’ve had a number of students laugh at the idea someone can get a concussion from NOT being struck in the head. There is a tremendous misunderstanding of MOI. I always have to explain the brain is suspended within the skull and get into physics…things in motion tend to stay in motion…blah, blah, blah. Unlike Dr. Rovell, I’m not selling anything…just my opinion, but that’s free. 🙂 Education, education, education…it never stops. Thanks for the blog!

      • Dustin Fink December 10, 2010 / 15:03

        Tina,
        Thanks for both the Clifton listing/information and the free advice… Hard to believe that some still do not grasp the concept of MOI… My most troublesome post concussive issue is with an athelte that was NOT struck in the head at all, and they are still out 12 months later…

  2. Greg B December 6, 2010 / 14:37

    I was wondering if you had a website that you have gotten the updated numbers/players who have suffered concussions. I am an MPH epidemiology student at Indiana University writing a research proposal for a class on this very issue. However, I have not been able to find a source other than your blog that identified the number of concussions in 2010, or how many on average the NFL sees every year. Not to say that you haven’t done your research because you clearly have, but my professor has asked if I can cite your source for this.

    This is great information and I was glad to see the incidence rates calculated. This not only is a large problem for mental health, but the larger picture of public health as well.

    • Dustin Fink December 6, 2010 / 15:00

      Greg,

      I get my information from news mining. I use websites such as nfl.com/injuries, rotowire.com, rotoworld.com. There is not a “clearinghouse” of sorts for this issue in the NFL, I would say mine is the closest to that. I hope that helps.

      df

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