With the summer pilgrimage to training camps begun it is time to remind everyone that The Concussion Blog will be tracking the concussion injuries in the NFL for the fifth consecutive season. It is our intention and has been our operating procedure to gather all the best data possible.
This is not a “witch hunt” or some “watch dog” type action, rather a way to inform, publicly, what is happening at the highest and most prolific level, for the most popular sport in the United States.
When we began back in 2010, the information was difficult to come by, we only noted and found eight preseason concussions and as of today there are four reported for this season. Obviously there has been better knowledge about concussion from players, teams and reporters that has translated in easier tracking for the preseason activities.
I would like to take the time to mention @nflconcussions for their work in data mining the injuries. Their Twitter account is probably the most productive when it comes to finding concussions. They too have “reset” their counter for this season, if you follow them (and you should if you are interested) you will notice their numbers will be different from our reports once the regular season begins.
We data crunch only for the regular season due to reporting procedures from the NFL, making those injuries a bit more easy to find. We also have other avenues to find concussions that may not make the press and are gathered by other places. Finally there are some instances where a “possible” concussion turns out to be not a concussion. We are not, in any way, discrediting any other concussion gathering group, we are just pointing out we do it differently. Regardless, it would be a heck of a lot easier if the NFL was transparent with all injuries including concussions.
So enjoy what is left of your summer, and look forward to our first report coming out near the start of the season.