Report: Most College Football Concussions Happen in Practice

May 5, 2015

Most concussions in college sports occur during practice, not during games, according to a new report by the Institute of Medicine. The study examined the 262 concussions recorded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance Program during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The researchers found that 57.6 percent of those concussions happened during practice. "Concussions during practice might be mitigated and should prompt an evaluation of technique and head impact exposure," the report states. "Although it is more difficult to change the intensity or conditions of a game, many strategies can be used during practice to limit player-to-player contact and other potentially injurious behaviors."

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