Data Shows Concussions Decreased in 2011

Data Shows Concussions Decreased in 2011

Jay Adams

Published February 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM

The kickoff rule instituted during the 2011 season was a polarizing one. Moving kickoffs 5 yards forward would certainly mean more touchbacks, but as far as the league was concerned, the idea was to lessen the number of injuries — specifically, concussions.

With the data from the season rolling in, the Chicago Tribune reports that the rule change was a success as far as what it was meant to do for player safety. The Tribute reports that concussions decreased by 50 percent on kickoffs.

In total, concussions dropped by 12.5 percent in 2011 compared to the previous season.

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