2012 NFL Concussion Report Week 3 & 4

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).

Frustration.  That is about where I stand in tracking the concussions this year, but like most people that want to succeed you have to adapt and find new ways.  If you have been reading you know of this; the NFL is not listing the injury on the official injury report, as it has done so previously.  Eventually they list them but not till Sunday.  This has pushed my report out and even creates adjustments from the previous weeks.

Enough of my problems…  Week 3 we saw some very vicious hits, one that resulted in a suspension, and relatively few concussions.  We have only been able to unearth six this week and that may be all there is.

Another interesting variable is the return of the official officials; this could be something worth keeping an eye on.  Players have readily admitted that they respect the “real” officials much more and are less likely to take liberties within the frame-work of the game.  If health-safety is a top priority and the officials have an impact we will see some results here in this cataloging of the concussions, perhaps.

Week 4’s injuries proved to be a bit easier to find, which makes sense if there were not as many concussions in Week 3.  Again, even though some players were being removed and even “evaluated” they are not listed as a concussion on the teams official injury report.  Here are the Week’s 3 and 4 numbers (6 in W3 and 10 W4);

  • 39 Concussions/head injuries (22 W2)
  • 9.75 Concussions/week (11.0 W2)
  • 166 Projected Concussions (187 W2)
  • 0.65 Concussions/game (0.73 W2)
  • 11.51% InR (12.99 W2)
  • 9.77% EInR (11.03 W2)
  • 23 Offensive (12) – 16 Defense (10)
  • Positionally Speaking
    • QB – 0, RB – 3 (2), TE – 7 (3), WR – 10 (4), OL – 3 (3), DL – 3 (2), LB – 5 (3), DB – 8 (5)
  • Team Breakdown
    • OAK – 6
    • CLE, JAX – 3
    • BUF, DET, IND, NE, NYJG, NYJ, WAS – 2
    • ATL, BAL, DAL, DEN, GB, KC, MIA, MIN, NO, SD, TB, TEN – 1
    • ARI, CAR, CHI, CIN, HOU, PHI, PIT, SEA, SF – 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.

Comparing to past seasons the following has been found after Week 4: # (2011, 2010):

  • Regular Season Concussions – 39 (33, 34)

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