As Concussion Injuries Rise, NFL Imposes Fines for Unnecessary Roughness Regulations

Orthopedic Sports Medicine

The NFL is enforcing its rules on concussions, imposing $175,000 in fines against three professional players for violating the rules against unnecessary roughness which could lead to concussions, according to a story published in the Houston Chronicle.

Rule 12, Section 2, Article 8 of the NFL rule book explains the unnecessary roughness that NFL players are expected to abide by. During the first six weeks of 2010, the NFL listed 46 players on the injured list with concussions or other head and neck industries, an increase from previous seasons.

The NFL commissioner sent a letter to players and coaches last week enforcing these rules. While some members of the industry applaud the commissioner's efforts to make the sport "cleaner" and "safer" through enforcing these regulations, others feel that the regulations are disruptive to the sport.

Read the Houston Chronicle report on unnecessary roughness regulations.

Read other coverage on concussions:

- Texas' University of Interscholastic League Creates New Concussion Guidelines

- 10 Stories for Team Physicians About Concussion Awareness

- Congress Considering Student Athlete Concussion Legislation

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