NFL doctor says rising concussion numbers sparks 'call to action'

ESPN – A surge in NFL concussion numbers has sparked "a call to action" among league officials responsible for brain health, the NFL's chief medical officer said Tuesday.

Speaking at the start of a Head, Neck and Spine committee meeting, Dr. Allen Sills made clear that the league will react aggressively to data that showed a 16 percent rise in concussions in 2017. There were a total of 291 diagnosed concussions in 2017 – including preseason, regular season and postseason games – compared to 250 in 2016.

Some of that total can be attributed to higher levels of self-reporting by players. In 2017, 47 percent of concussions involved a player addressing symptoms with a medical official, the highest percentage on record. But Sills told committee members that self-reporting data shouldn't be used as a shield. One of his first PowerPoint slides asked how concussion numbers can be reduced "IMMEDIATELY."

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