Online database tracks NFL head injuries for Frontline/ESPN reporting project

By Dru Sefton

Frontline, the PBS investigative news program, and ESPN’s Outside the Lines today launched the Concussion Watch website, a public database of the confirmed head injuries reported by the NFL this season. Through the site, users may track the injuries by week, team, opponent and position. Football fans may report hits they feel could cause concussions on an online tip form, or submit via Twitter using the hashtag #ConcussionWatch.

The site was originally developed as a database tool for the yearlong reporting project by the joint Frontline and ESPN news team. “We realized there was a lack of information publicly available about player head injuries in the NFL,” said Frontline producer Tom Jennings in the announcement. “Seeing that deficit, we decided to find out for ourselves just what was happening. As often happens when you analyze data in new ways, fascinating and at times distressing trends emerged. These trends will be explored, highlighted and written about as Concussion Watch evolves.”

The concussion project debuted in November.

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