Thursday January 29th, 2015

The NFL announced at a Thursday press conference that concussions sustained in regular-season games were down 25 percent in 2014 from 2013 levels. 

The league said that 119 concussions were sustained this season, including 111 in regular-season games, according to USA TODAY's Nancy Armour. The NFL claims each game averaged 0.43 concussions this year. 

NFL senior vice president of health and safety Jeffrey Miller told reporters that the statistics were good news for the league. 

In recent years, the NFL has come under increasing scrutiny regarding its procedures for dealing with players' head injuries. Numerous retired NFL players have been shown to have cognitive issues, including problems triggered by chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. 

Brain exam reveals former Patriots RB Mosi Tatupu likely had CTE

In light of revelations about the close relationship between football and concussions -- as well as repeated subconcussive blows, which NFL players regular sustain  -- the league has moved to improve player safety by placing increased emphasis on rules designed to avoid dangerous hits and avoidable violence. The NFL has also advocated for youth concussion laws, which exist in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. 

Last July, a federal judge gave preliminary approval to a $765 million concussion injuries settlement for approximately 25,000 retired players and their relatives. 

Study: Playing football before age 12 grows cognitive risks for NFL retirees

- Stanley Kay

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