NFL Says Concussion Rate Among Players Fell 25 Percent in 2014 Season

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2015

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell holds a press conference on October 8, 2014 in New York City. Goodell addressed the media at the conclusion of the annual Fall league meeting in the wake of a string of high-profile incidents, including the domestic violence case of Ray Rice.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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The NFL has focused heavily on reducing concussions in recent years, and based on recently released data, the league's efforts paid off in 2014.

According to The Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), the rate of concussions fell 25 percent this season. There were 111 recorded concussions during the 2014 NFL regular season, which was an improvement upon the 148 concussions suffered in 2013.

The report also states that there has been a 36 percent drop in concussions over a three-year span.

Jeff Miller, NFL senior vice president of health and safety policy, believes modifying on-field technique is largely responsible for the positive results, per the AP's report.

"Players are changing the way they're tackling," Miller said. "They're changing the way they play the game."

Although injury reporting increased by 15 percent, there were only 0.43 concussions reported per game, which Miller extrapolated to mean that one concussion occurred every second game on average.

The NFL also reported its findings on the manner in which concussions were suffered over the past few seasons, as seen in this graphic courtesy of Fox Sports 1's Mike Garafolo:

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

Concussion data the last few years from NFL http://t.co/kw6rhTHZ0j

While the 25 percent drop in concussions is most definitely a step in the right direction, the league must continue to be diligent in its handling of head injuries, and players must continue to strive to be as safe as possible.

If those things happen in the coming years, then the NFL may be on track to prevent concussions more effectively than ever before.

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