Pigskin Crossroads: The Epidemiology Of Concussions In The National Football League, 2010 - 2012
Pigskin Crossroads: The Epidemiology of Concussions in the National Football League, 2010 - 2012
A skilled epidemiologist joins forces with an up-and-coming investigative political scientist to write a unique and dynamic treatise on player concussions in the National Football League (NFL). Using concussion data from the NFL’s website during the last three regular seasons (2010–2012), incidence and risk factors of concussions are calculated and compared for a range of factors rarely or never studied before. The eye-opening results help shed light on possible ways to prevent and reduce the rate of these head injuries and the long-term risks of cognitive decline.
The existing epidemiological literature on concussions in the NFL is sparse, mainly comprised of several articles written by NFL-affiliated researchers whose work has come under intense scrutiny and challenge by the scientific community and the U.S. Congress. Pigskin Crossroads fills some of the gaps related to this subject from an independent perspective. Concussion incidence rates are computed and analyzed for team, week of season, day of week, speed versus non-speed positions, conference, field surface, home versus away games, starters versus nonstarters, and other critical variables. Rates of concussions in games worked by replacement versus regular referees...