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Survey Results Show NFL Needs To Do More To Protect Players From Concussions

Nearly half of the 3,875 respondents in a recent nationwide survey conducted by Civic Science on behalf of SportsBusiness Daily/Journal said the NFL needs to do more to protect its players from concussions. Pittsburgh-based Civic Science operates real-time, in-market reader surveys for more than 350 news outlets, content, and social networks nationwide. Results of several questions varied by demographics. For example, income affected how people answered the comment: "They need to do somewhat more, so long as they don't make major changes to the game." Answers were also different by region. When asked, "How concerned are you about the problem of concussions in the NFL?," people in the South answered "Very concerned" much more than those in the Midwest.

 
League needs to do more to protect players, even if it means major changes to the game
League needs to do somewhat more, so long as they don't make major changes to the game
Players are responsible for their own health and are aware of the risks
No strong opinion/I don’t follow the NFL that closely
$0-24K
22.8%
16.3%
19.5%
41.4%
$25-49K
27.9%
19.9%
23.0%
29.2%
$50-74K
25.0%
21.9%
27.6%
25.5%
$75-99K
23.5%
23.5%
31.1%
21.9%
$100-150K
26.8%
27.2%
23.8%
22.3%
         
How concerned are you about the concussion problem in the NFL?
 
Very
concerned
Somewhat
concerned
No strong opinion/
I don’t follow the NFL that closely
South
23.1%
37.1%
39.8%
West
20.5%
34.2%
45.3%
Northeast
20.4%
40.8%
38.8%
Midwest
16.2%
38.6%
45.2%
 

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