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NFL says concussions down this season

Jan. 30, 2014
 
Packers offensive lineman David Bakhtiari left midway through the second half of Green Bay’s playoff loss to the 49ers due to a concussion. File/Press-Gazette Media
Packers offensive lineman David Bakhtiari left midway through the second half of Green Bay’s playoff loss to the 49ers due to a concussion. File/Press-Gazette Media

The NFL says players concussions were down 13 percent in the 2013 season compared to 2012.

The league’s efforts to reduce concussions with rules changes and for treating concussions when they occur is one of the biggest issues facing the league long term.

The league tracks injuries using information it receives from all team doctors. Jeff Miller, the league’s senior vice president of health and safety policy,, said today at a press conference at the Super Bowl that concussions caused by helmet-to-helmet contact decreased by 23 percent decrease over the past two seasons.

Some players this season have said that the NFL's emphasis on decreasing hits to the head is leading to more low hits and knee injuries. But Miller says there has not been an overall increase in damaged knee ligaments.

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