Con­cus­sion re­ports rise

The London Free Press - - SPORTS -

The NFL’s chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer says more than a third of con­cus­sion evaluations so far this sea­son are a re­sult of play­ers in­di­cat­ing they have symp­toms, a much higher per­cent­age than last sea­son. Allen Sills said Tues­day that “about 37 per cent” of the 379 con­cus­sion evaluations dur­ing the pre­sea­son and reg­u­lar sea­son have been “ini­ti­ated by a self-re­port.” Sills said it was about 20 to 22 per cent a year ago. He called that in­crease “a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment.” Sills also said the rules for check­ing for a con­cus­sion were fol­lowed prop­erly for In­di­anapo­lis Colts quar­ter­back Ja­coby Bris­sett on Sun­day, when he was al­lowed to re­turn to a game af­ter a hit to the head. Af­ter the game, it was de­ter­mined he did have con­cus­sion symp­toms. Sills said it is im­pos­si­ble to “cap­ture 100 per cent of con­cus­sions.” Sills also said data from the last five years shows that the in­jury rate per game “is ac­tu­ally lower” for Thurs­days than games played on other days of the week. Some NFL play­ers think the league should get rid of short work weeks be­cause they are detri­men­tal to their health and safety.

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