Christmas wish: fewer concussions

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The recent AP report that showed a significant increase in the reported number of concussions in 2010 is both heartening and disturbing at the same time. It also represents an example of how statistics can be used for different purposes, depending on the vantage point.

According to NFL data, the number of concussions reported this season, with two weeks remaining, is up more than 20 percent from 2009 and more than 30 percent from 2008.

On the optimistic side, this shows an encouraging trend that the increased awareness has had a marked effect in the reporting of head injuries. It is proof that the NFL, its clubs and its players are taking brain trauma much more seriously than in past years.

Unfortunately, the statistics also remind us of the unsettling fact of the past that is certainly still true: head injuries have long been seriously underreported and “shaken off” . We cannot be na

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