2011 NFL Concussion Report Week 10

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).

If you take out the anomaly of Week 8 the NFL has been very consistent since the beginning of the year.  If that were the “true” case we would be observing a very static rate of concussion per week this season.  Two “new” developments: 1) the addition of two separate concussion to the Injury List that occurred in practice, in the past two weeks there has been three. 2) offensive lineman concussions, by percentage, have almost doubled since last year.

I am however finding it difficult to confirm if concussions have happened during special teams action.  As of now we have three confirmed (2 on punt) and one suspected.  If this is again a “true” set of numbers it would seem that the rule changes have been effective in reducing concussions.

I will no longer bore you with aimless rambling so here are the Regular Season stats (126 Since Camp Began);

  • 90 Concussions/head injuries (80 W9)
  • 9.00 Concussions/week (8.88 W9)
  • 153 Projected Concussions (151 W9)
  • 0.60 Concussions/game (0.59 W9)
  • 10.63% InR (10.49 W9)
  • 9.02% EInR (8.91 W9)
  • 43 Offensive – 47 Defense
  • Positionally Speaking
    • QB – 3, RB – 7, TE – 9, WR – 10, OL – 14, DL – 8, LB – 15, DB – 24
  • Team Breakdown
    • OAK, CAR, PHI, SEA – 6
    • BAL, STL – 5
    • ATL, CLE, IND, NE, NYG, SD – 4
    • DEN, DET, MIN, NYJ, PIT, TEN – 3
    • GB, JAX, KC, NO, SF – 2
    • ARI, CHI, DAL, TB – 1
    • BUF, CIN, HOU, MIA, WAS – 0

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.

NOTES: Currently there is a decrease of concussions from last year at just under 4%…  Average reported concussions/team is 2.8…  It is becoming very peculiar that teams have yet to report a regular season concussion and very strange that two teams continue to have zero since camp opened (MIA and CIN)…


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