Going Behind the NFL’s Recently-Released Concussion Numbers

By David Stirt

(Editor’s Note: What follows is an excerpt from an article that appears in February issue of Concussion Litigation Reporter)

Data released by the National Football League on Jan. 26, 2017 revealed that while there were fewer players sustaining concussions during the 2016 season (244) versus the 2015 season (271), the 2016 numbers were in line with the five-year average (242) of concussions per season. While the total number of concussions reported in 2016 is lower than the 2015 total, it is higher than the numbers reported in both 2013 (229) and 2014 (206).

“It’s certainly positive that concussions were down this year across categories, but I think putting too much focus on any one year would be mistaken,” said Jeff Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president of health and safety policy. “The goal here is to drive those numbers down through rules changes, culture changes, protocol changes, through greater observation and treatment over a longer term period of time.”

Dr. Robert Heyer, president of the NFL’s Physician’s Society and team internist for the Carolina Panthers pointed out a cultural change within the NFL that may explain, in part, why … (To subscribe, visit http://concussionpolicyandthelaw.com/subscribe/)

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Conferences Addressing Sports Concussion Coming Up this Spring

(Editor’s Note: Here is one of two conferences featured in the latest issue of Concussion Litigation Alert)

Legal and Ethical Issues Affecting NFL Player Health Conference

Harvard Law School in Milstein West will host a 2017 Sports Symposium on March 7th entitled “Legal and Ethical Issues Affecting NFL Player Health.”

While details are still being finalized, it is currently scheduled to include the following:

  • Concussion Legacy Foundation Presentation: A presentation by Chris Nowinski and the Concussion Legacy Foundation;
  • Team/NFL/NFLPA Panel: A panel discussing football player health from the perspective of teams, the NFL, and the NFLPA (including Arthur McAfee of the NFL and Kevin Warren of the Minnesota Vikings);
  • NCAA Panel: An NCAA-focused panel (including Oliver Luck of the NCAA, Coach Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth/MVP Mobile Dummies, and Brant Berkstresser of Harvard Athletics/Harvard Sports Medicine);
  • Player Panel: A football player panel (including Andrew Hawkins and Stephon Tuitt)
  • Keynote (address or moderated conversation)

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is a Gold Sponsor of the event. For more information, contact codonnell@jd17.law.harvard.edu

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Concussion Litigation Reporter February Table of Contents

February 2017, Vol. 5, No. 8

Timely reporting on developments and legal strategies at the intersection of sports and concussions—articles that benefit practicing attorneys who may be pursuing a claim or defending a client.

Table of Contents

Michael Peluso v. Calgary Flames et al: Violating Discovery Obligations Has Consequences in Concussion Case

Going Behind the NFL’s Recently-Released Concussion Numbers

Riddell Lashes Out at Plaintiffs’ Firm Over Latest Concussion Lawsuit

Headers Come Under More Scrutiny; Is a Comprehensive Ban in the Future?

Professional Soccer Player’s Amended Concussion Lawsuit Omits Team

World Rugby – Is a Tougher Approach to Head Contact Enough to Tackle the Growing Issue of Concussion?

Conferences Addressing Sports Concussion Coming Up this Spring

Brain Protein Predicts Recovery Time Following Concussion

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