The NFL has always been a league known for its 100% injury rate.
With the size and strength of these players running into each other for 60 minutes, plenty of injuries are bound to happen.
Some injuries are more concerning long-term than others, with concussions at the top of that list.
This season, despite overall injuries being down 5.6%, the concussions suffered went up.
Mixed bag of injury news from the NFL today. Overall, injuries were down 5.6 percent in the regular season. But concussions were up — 23 more were suffered in the 2022 reg season than in 2021. Number of concussions in QBs was higher than typical.
— Judy Battista (@judybattista) February 3, 2023
The NFL continues to do its best when it comes to recognizing concussion symptoms and getting a player off the field.
They have designated “spotters” that sit in a booth and look for certain injuries after each play.
Despite having safeguards in place, concussions continue to happen at a high rate.
One player that suffered from concussions this season was Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
Tagovailoa missed four games this season with concussion issues, and he suffered two at different points in the season.
The rate of quarterback concussions increasing is concerning.
It seems that when they are getting hit in the pocket and falling backward are when some concussions happen.
The NFL has strict guidelines for players to avoid hitting the head of their opponents.
But, sometimes it is just the impact of their head hitting the ground that is causing the concussions.
The NFL has implemented “guardian caps” during training camp, which are just another layer of padding on the outside of the helmet.
While playing with those in a real game might be restrictive, the NFL could consider making them mandatory.
Overall the number of concussions increasing is not good news for the NFL, and they must look to find ways to solve the problem.NEXT: 1 NFL Division Has A Shocking QB Situation