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Number of Concussions in N.F.L. Drops in 2013

Thanks to improved diagnoses, stiffer penalties for helmet striking and fewer practices, the number of concussions in the N.F.L. dropped 13% in 2013 from the prior year, The New York Times reports. “In the preseason and the regular season, players sustained 228 concussions, down from 261 in 2012, when concussions rose 4 percent compared with the previous year.” N.F.L. officials say that having more doctors at games and practices have led to more precise diagnoses. Still, many experts believe that about 90-95% of concussions are not diagnosed and that “if you can diagnose every symptomatic blow to the head, you wouldn’t have enough players on the field.”

Read it in The New York Times.