Re: BB Blames Increase In Injuries Due To Practice Rule Changes
posted at 12/26/2013 1:24 PM EST
did you even read the article, or because BB said i, it must be 100% correct? Let me mention some parts of the article;
What’s in question is whether injuries are, in fact, on the rise in the NFL, as Belichick suggested.
Though he didn’t cite specific numbers, Belichick said he was citing “a matter of record not opinion,” in saying injuries league-wide have been on the rise over the past three years.
League spokesman Michael Signora disputed Belichick’s assertions.
“We carefully monitor player injuries,” Signora said. “There is no evidence that the new work rules have had an adverse effect on the injury rate or that injuries have in fact increased.”
The NFL declined to released its numbers. But according to STATS, the number of NFL players finishing a season on injured reserve has risen significantly over the past 14 seasons.
From 2000-06, there was an average of 239 players on IR. That average has jumped to about 314 over the past seven years.
The low over that span was 192 in 2001, with the high being 353 in 2010, but that was before the new offseason rules came into effect.
As of Monday, there were 288 players on IR, the lowest total since 287 in 2008.
Those figures, however, don’t include players who have been on injured reserve and released by their teams during the season.
I simply ask the question, would the old rules regarding practice reduce injury? Common sense says no. The NFL says no. The data says no.
I stated I could see that the old practice rules could help teach better technique simply due to more reps. This indeed may help lower the rate of concussions. But how doesit lower the rate of broken bones and ACL/MCL injuries?