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 also should be noted that due to the league not disclosing actual injuries until Friday night there may be some added to next weeks numbers.
The “Red, Brick, Broadway” road leads to Pittsburgh; that is my summation of the “League of Denial” book by the Brothers Fainaru. Now it would be inherently misguided of me to overlook the work of others on the fringe of this issue, but reality is that the epicenter of this issue is not on Park Avenue in New York, rather near the Allegheny in Western Pennsylvania.
After finishing the book there are many questions, similar but more that were presented in the fine documentary on Frontline, the biggest question that is still left unanswered is; “where do we go from here?” The ugliness has been exposed to the best extent, knowing that actual legal discovery would have been much more inclusive, and now that we have some idea of what we possibly could be facing how do we find the answers many are looking for? For now that to me seems the most important message we can glean from the “League of Denial”.
I cannot find fault in what is being attempted by many: education, remediation of coaching techniques, assessment tools, recovery tools, innovation looking for the magic bullet. All of those things will go some way in finding a solution, however with the information and beating drums of lawyers and insurance companies, unfortunately the “nuclear option” remains in play. Removing this sport, in what ever form is necessary, from the fabric of our lives is not one I want to see come to fruition, period.
Perhaps emotion and legacy are keeping us from plodding forward in an acceptable manner. As with most controversial issues, emotion should be stripped from decision-making, as difficult as that may seem. Taking a step back and viewing the picture from afar is better than trying to soak in the masterpiece from within its frame. For the most part the game of football is a Monet or Picasso or Michelangelo; something to behold and treasure. In order for football to take the platform that those names resonate with stepping back and viewing it from afar may reveal to all of us that a small, relatively un-life altering change can me made to elevate it not only to but beyond.
One such change to the sport happened in 1908 with the POTUS stepping in and demanding a change to save lives. Although I was not alive back then and the popularity was not what it is now, the changes to the game were seen as “sport-altering” and dissented upon. “Forward pass”, no way it will ruin the game… “Helmets”, we don’t need helmets… So and so forth; it has happened before it can and will happen again.
Now that my opening soliloquy is over how bout we look at the Week 5 concussion numbers (for which most of you came)…
Quick Notes: Last week we saw four defensive lineman with concussions, this week we saw a position spike in the running backs, four as well… Defensive backs continue to lead the pack by position… The .50 concussions/game number now indicates that every other game there is at least one concussion; remember the NFL mTBI committee famously held fast that this was an injury occurring “every three or four games”… Something caught my eye after reading the book, there was a much publicized doctor change in San Diego over the off-season, interestingly they were one of the lowest reporting teams the past three years, now they are at the top in the first fie weeks… Again the pace of total concussions remains below the three previous years…
The Week 5 Report (indicates previous weeks numbers);
- 9 concussions/head injuries found from Week 4 (8)
- 38 regular season concussions noted (29)
- 92 total concussions in 2013 (83)
- 7.60 Concussions/week (7.25)
- 129 Projected Concussions (123)
- 0.50 Concussions/game (.48)
- 8.78% InR (8.37)
- 7.62% EInR (7.27)
Running Totals for Regular Season:
- 20 Offensive (14) – 18 Defense (15)
- Positionally Speaking
- QB – 1 (1), RB – 6 (2), TE – 3 (2), WR – 6 (6), OL – 4 (3), DL – 4 (4), LB – 4 (3), DB – 10 (8)
- Team Breakdown
- JAX, NYJ, OAK, SD – 3
- DET, GB, HOU, KC, SF, TEN, WAS – 2
- ATL, BAL, CAR, CIN, CLE, DAL, DEN, NE, NYG, PHI, PIT, STL – 1
- ARI, BUF, CHI, IND, MIA, MIN, NO, SEA, TB – 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 5: # (2012, 2011, 2010):
- Regular Season Concussions – 38 (52, 44, 41)