You wouldn’t think that an increase in reported concussions by pro football players this season is good news, but the National Football League does. Here’s why.
The NFL believes that concussions are being reported more often now because teams and players are taking head injuries more seriously, according to the Associated Press.
AP obtained data from the NFL that found that there have been 154 concussions reported, from practices and games, from the preseason through the eighth week of the regular season. That’s a jump of 21 percent versus the 127 concussions reported during the same time span in 2009, and a 34 percent increase from the 115 concussion that were reported during that span in the 2008 season, according to AP.
The wire service quoted Dr. Hunt Batjer, co-chairman of the NFL’s head, neck and spine medical committee, who said the increase in reported concussions is proof that “the culture is changed,” in terms of downplaying head injury, in the league and its players.