This is not good.
The National Football League recently stated that the number of concussions in exhibition games this year rose to 49 from 34 in 2018, which is an increase of 44%.
“We have more work to do,” said Dr. Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer, at the owners’ meetings Tuesday.”
Sills told league owners that the majority were caused by helmet-to-helmet hits. As it turned out, it was rookies and players who didn’t make a final roster who represented roughly two-thirds of the concussion victims because they were not familiar with NFL rules.
Data also showed a 33.3% drop, from 45 to 30, in concussions during training camp practices. The league’s decision to ban four drills that involve contact to the helmet, like the Oklahoma drill, was a reason for this drop.
The league still has a long way to go, but because the sport is so violent, they will never get rid of concussions entirely. There is nothing you can do to stop a brain from moving inside someone’s skull unless they just opt to not play the sport entirely.