NFL Reports 4-Year High in Concussions in 2015: Latest Details and Reaction

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NFL concussions reached a new four-year high in 2015, according to preseason and regular-season injury data the league released Friday.
Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune noted the total number of concussions increased from 206 in 2014 to 271 the following season. Of those, 92 concussions in the regular season were from helmet-to-helmet impact, which is also at a four-year high and up from 58 in 2014.
The league's data shows there have been at least 200 reported concussions in every season since the current system for tracking began in 2012. Aside from helmet-to-helmet collisions, the playing surface (29) and the shoulder (23) were the other leading causes of regular-season head injuries in 2015.
The increase in concussion totals comes after three straight seasons in which the number dropped as the league implemented rules in an effort to reduce the number of head shots. The total had fallen from 261 in 2012 to 206 in 2014, the data shows.
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