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February 03, 2011

NFL players are sustaining more injuries, according to a recent NFL Players Association (NFLPA) report. The data shows that in 2010, 63 percent of players sustain at least one injury per year, and 16 percent of players were placed on the Injured Reserve (IR) list.

The OSHA 300A Form isn’t the only way injuries and illnesses are being reported this year. The NFLPA, in coordination with Esquire Magazine, released its own report, the “Dangers of the Game of Football,” detailing statistics on injuries NFL players sustained in 2010, versus previous seasons.

During the 2010 regular season, there were 3.7 injuries per team per week. Over half the players, 63 percent, sustained at least one injury during the season, up from 59 percent in previous years (an average from 2002-2009.)

The number of players who were placed on IR increased by more than 100, from 250 players in previous years, to over 350 in 2010. In addition, the percentage of players suffering a season-long injury reached a record high in 2010, just over 5 percent.

Esquire Magazine highlighted the report, drawing attention to the rise in the rates of head injuries, the most common being concussion (almost 6 percent in 2010.)

It is uncertain how this report will affect the labor negotiations which will discuss, among other things, the proposal of an 18-game season, a change that some fear will push the injury rates even higher. Read the previous HRSBT column for more information on the NFL labor talks.

The data for “Dangers of the Game of Football” was gathered by



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