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NFL concussion rates are lower at higher altitudes, study finds
NFL concussion rates are lower at higher altitudes, study finds

Here’s one solution to the National Football League’s concussion problem: Stop playing at sea level. Researchers have found that concussion rates are about 30% lower in games played at higher altitudes. The finding was based on an analysis of all 300 concussions reported during the first 16 weeks of regular-season NFL games in 2012 and 2013. (Week 17 data were not available, since only playoff-bound teams release them.) For every 10,000 times a player suited up, there were 64.3 concussions. But that figure varied with elevation. The concussion rate at the 24 stadiums situated less than 644 feet above sea level was 70 per 10,000. At the nine stadiums higher than that, it was 49.4...

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