The NFL Saw a Significant Increase in Regular Season Concussions

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The NFL Saw a Significant Increase in Regular Season Concussions


Today, the NFL’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills acknowledged that 149 concussions were suffered during the 2022 regular season. That makes an 18% concussion increase from the 2021 regular season, during which 126 concussions occurred. It is also a 14% increase from the 2018-20 three-year average of 130.

Every season it seems that the NFL is doing what it can to increase player safety, but it can only control so much. Dr. Sills claims that one of the main factors for the increase is due to the NFL strengthening its concussion protocol and “definition of a concussion.”

“We continue to become more cautious and conservative in our evaluation and diagnosis of concussions,” Sills said. “That’s not just an opinion. That’s backed up by the data.”

The NFL altered its concussion protocol in October after Tua Tagovailoa suffered multiple concussions in back-to-back weeks. He then suffered a third concussion late in the season, which kept him out of Miami’s playoff loss to Buffalo.

It does seem that after the awful way in which the Dolphins handled Tua’s concussion, the NFL finally made some real change. There’s no doubt concussion increase is not what the league or anyone wants to see. However, it was nice to see the NFL actually take action in-season as opposed to tabling it until later.

Concussion protocol and player safety both need to be more proactive than reactive. The hope is going forward it won’t take serious head injuries for the NFL to enact real change to their policies.

Author: Matt Rooney

Matt is from the Chicagoland area and has been working in Chicago sports since 2015 with stops at WGN Radio, the Chicago Blackhawks, Stadium, and NBC Sports Chicago prior to landing at Betsperts. Matt covers just about everything for Betsperts and Bleacher Nation but focuses on the NHL and college football.