Concussions are being reported at a much higher rate in the NFL
this season, which the league considers evidence that players and
teams are taking head injuries more seriously.
According to NFL data obtained by The Associated Press, 154
concussions that happened in practices or games were reported from
the start of the preseason through the eighth week of the 2010
That is an increase of 21 percent over the 127 concussions
during the same span in 2009, and a 34 percent jump from the 115
reported through the eighth week of the 2008 season.
Dr. Hunt Batjer, co-chairman of the NFL's head, neck and spine
medical committee, calls the numbers "a great sign" because they
show "the culture is changed."