The NFL is serious about continuing to promote player safety.
While speaking at the fall owners’ meeting in New York on Tuesday, NFL chief medical officer Dr. Allen Sills revealed seven teams in 2017 had a higher-than-average number of preseason concussions and underwent “a targeted intervention” this offseason to decrease those injuries.
The mediation included discussions with football operations and equipment staff in addition to the examination of practices, which ultimately proved to be effective.
“In six of those seven clubs, the numbers did go down after the intervention,” Sills said, via USA Today . “That group as a whole had 23 practice concussions in 2017. They went down to nine practice concussions in 2018.”
The league reported 91 total concussions during the 2017 preseason, and NFL executive vice president of health and safety initiatives Jeff Miller was proud to report that number dropped 13.2 percent during the 2018 preseason as only 79 concussions were reported. Still, he admitted the NFL has a long way to go.
“This is a substantial dropoff,” Miller said. “But I think Allen made the most important point, which is, this is good. But no one is claiming victory. There’s a lot of work to do. We have played six weeks of the regular season and have 11 weeks ahead of us, plus the postseason before we evaluate whether some of the tactics we’ve talked about have been successful. We are pleased with where we are so far, but we’re far from declaring victory.”