NFL health and safety report says concussions, ACLs are down

Good news everybody, football isn’t dangerous any more.

The league issued its annual health and safety report Thursday, highlighting all the progress seemingly made in the prevention of injuries.

Among the numbers, they cite concussions down 25 percent from 2013 to 2014, and concussions caused by helmet-to-helmet hits down 28 percent in the last year.

Of course, the raw numbers are still alarming, as there were a total of 202 concussions in practice, preseason and regular season games last year, down from 229 in 2013 and 261 in 2012.

The league numbers also dispute the anecdotal notion (held by much of their workforce) that Thursday games are bad for your health, with an average of 4.8 injuries per Thursday games last year compared to 6.9 injuries per game on Sundays and Mondays.

Of course, that doesn’t take into account the wear and tear provided by the short weeks, and how the shortened recovery time could contribute to some of those weekend aches and pains.

Fewer ACL’s are being sprained however, with “just” 49 this year as opposed to 57 the year before. MCL’s are doing worse, with 138 this year after 136 the last year.

The reality is, football remains dangerous to those who play it, despite any efforts to make it safer, or to suggest that it’s becoming safer.

25 responses to “NFL health and safety report says concussions, ACLs are down

  1. This report brought to you by the league that NEEDS you to believe this is true. Is this as credible as the investigation they did on themselves?

  2. Football is and always will be dangerous.

    Is there ways to make it safer? Yup.

    Is the league doing better in this regard than it ever has? Sure.

    But let’s remember that it wasn’t as if the league got out in front of these issues, it took the media doing stories on guys like Mike Webster as well as a lot of outside pressure, including but not limited to a massive lawsuit, before the league took a long hard look at how it viewed and dealt with safety concerns.

    Football, as a sport, has come a long way but it got to this point kicking and screaming and there is still work to be done.

  3. I guess this doesn’t include the ones that aren’t reported. Football isn’t a safe game and never will be that’s why it’s fun to watch it’s for the cynical adult that realizes the world hits you hard with reality just like football hits you hard with 200-300 pound men wanting to beat the crap out of you. Stop ruining football Goodell. That’s a message I think any fan can agree with.

  4. Why can’t the $10 billion NFL get the playing surface of fields in good shape for playoff games? Look at the tape from the games in Denver and Green Bay this year, not to mention the RG3 playoff game in 2013.

  5. I guess this doesn’t include the ones that aren’t reported. Football isn’t a safe game and never will be that’s why it’s fun to watch it’s for the cynical adult that realizes the world hits you hard with reality just like football hits you hard with 200-300 pound men wanting to beat the crap out of you. Stop ruining football Goodell. That’s a message I think any fan can agree with.

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    I don’t watch football to remind me how cold and cynical the real world is.

  6. It’s dangerous just getting out of bed, or walking to the mailbox, or having a few beers and then trying to change the brake pads on my truck while parked on my steeply inclined driveway and using a couple of old cinder blocks as a jack. But thanks to nationalized healthcare my stupidity is everyone’s problem. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go try to pull an old leather belt out of the gears of a grain combine.

  7. Take the helmet off, or go back to old time football with leather helmets. Players wont lead with the head anymore. Problem solved.

  8. Or maybe, just maybe, players are figuring out better ways to avoid the concussion tests?

    Just ask Clay Matthews and Russell Wilson as both looked like they received concussions during the NFCC game.

  9. Take the helmet off, or go back to old time football with leather helmets. Players wont lead with the head anymore. Problem solved.

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    Then somebody gets an accidental knee or foot to the head and receives a serious (potentially fatal) brain injury.

  10. bonnovi says:Jan 29, 2015 5:02 PM

    Take the helmet off, or go back to old time football with leather helmets. Players wont lead with the head anymore. Problem solved.

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    Then somebody gets an accidental knee or foot to the head and receives a serious (potentially fatal) brain injury.
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    Apparently you’ve never watched what goes on in the ring of the UFC or MMA. Knees, Kicks, Punches…and nobody dies or gets seriously injured

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