The National Football League yesterday reported that concussions were down 13 percent from the previous season, encouraging league safety and medical officials to believe they are on the right path with new rules and precautions.
Statistics released during a news conference at the Super Bowl Media Center indicated that the total for preseason, regular season and practices for 2013 were at 228, down from 261 in 2012. The panel also said that concussions caused by helmet-to-helmet hits were down 23 percent from the previous season.
"These things can't be determined overnight," said Jeff Miller, the NFL Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy. "For that same reason while we're pleased with the concussion data today, there's nobody here declaring that this is the end of the road as it relates to trying to make game safer or taking the head [injury] out of the game. So it's going to take some time and it's a shared responsibility with the players."
Miller appeared on the dais with Dr. John York, co-chairman of the 49ers and chairman of the NFL Owners' Health and Safety Committee; Dr. Mitchel Berger of the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee and Dr. Matthew Matava, the Rams team physician and president of the NFL Physicians Society.