The Concussion Blog Original, NFL Concussion Report, is a weekly (not so much this year) 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).
The NFL is at the theoretical half way point in the season as most teams have eight games in and a few have nine completed. Usually this spot is a weekly tracking post; never fear I have been keeping track just haven’t found the time to post about it.
The NFL told me last week in Zürich that the eye-in-the-sky is being used and used often, Dr. York told the audience that in Week 6 there were 192 communications alone under this system. That breaks down to 13 times per game on average; so the discussion seems to be there, but are the results? It is far too soon to tell, but I am encouraged by the raw stats – knowing what was being discussed would be much more insightful.
Generally speaking the only “alarming” observation I am noting is the massive increase in offensive lineman concussions. Suppose the theory of cumulative hits eventually creates a lower threshold for an observed concussion then this example/observation would be example number one; after week 5 there were three OL concussions and after week 9 there are 10.
Other than Larry Fitzgerald amazingly missing only one play and Calvin Johnson admitting to playing through a concussion in week 4, if I remember correctly, the teams and players have been keeping up the expected trend to this point in the season. I noted back in the week 5 report that the offense was outpacing the defense and that also continues – at some point the law of averages will catch up, right?
Without further ado here are the numbers to this point (77 regular season concussions, 125 total in 2012). This weeks report will be comparing numbers to the post week five report (our last), they will be in the parentheses following the stat;
- 77 Concussions/head injuries (51)
- 8.55 Concussions/week (10.20)
- 145 Projected Concussions (173)
- 0.57 Concussions/game (0.68)
- 10.10% InR (12.04)
- 8.58% EInR (10.22)
- 44 Offensive (29) – 33 Defense (22)
- Positionally Speaking
- QB – 3 (2), RB – 8 (6), TE – 9 (7), WR – 14 (11), OL – 10 (3), DL – 4 (3), LB – 13 (9), DB – 16 (10)
- Team Breakdown
- OAK, WAS – 7
- DET – 5
- CLE, JAX, KC, NYG, SEA – 4
- MIA, NE, TEN – 3
- ARI, BUF, GB, IND, MIN, NYJ, PIT, SD, SF, STL – 2
- ATL, BAL, CAR, CIN, DAL, DEN, HOU, NO, TB – 1
- CHI, PHI – 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 9: # (2011, 2010):
- Regular Season Concussions – 77 (80, 77)