Results of concussion survey
The Associated Press recently interviewed 44 NFL players -- at least one from each of the league's 32 teams -- to gauge whether concussion safety and attitudes about head injuries have changed in the past two years.
Of those who participated in the Dec. 14-22 interviews, 33 are starters, 11 are reserves; 25 play on offense, 19 play on defense; all have been in the league at least three seasons.
The questions and answers, along with the number of respondents:
1. Specifically with regard to concussions, is playing in the NFL safer, more dangerous or the same as it was in 2009, when the issue first began to get a lot of attention?
• Safer: 28
• Same: 13
• More Dangerous: 2
• Not sure: 1
2. If you get what you think could be a concussion, do you think you would hide it and try to stay in the game or immediately pull yourself out?
• Hide It: 23
• Immediately Leave: 21
3. Is that a change from 2009?
• Yes: 7
• No: 26
• No Answer: 11
4. Can more be done to protect players from head injuries?
• Yes: 18
• No: 24
• No Answer: 2
5. Should the NFL have independent neurologists at games to examine players and determine whether they should be held out because of concussions?
• Yes: 31
• No: 10
• No Answer: 3
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
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