Worth the Risk?

football-safety-indianaDid you know football players are among the least paid of the major professional sports? Or that the NFL expects 30% of football players to develop Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? Here in Indianapolis, that means – according to NFL data – Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne or Dan Herron may be likely to develop a debilitating brain disease later in life.

How do we work together to improve the safety of the game for athletes? What changes can be made to help protect our college and high school players? See our infographic, below, for additional information about the profitability of football and the risk of injury.

Football Player Safety, Indianapolis

Infographic Summary Stats

  • 1 Million High School Football Players; ~6.5% of high school players will play in the NCAA.
  • 12,650 Div I college football players; ~2% of college football players will go pro.
  • There are 1,700 professional football players in the NFL.
  • Average revenue from Men’s College Football (Div I): $15.8 Million per school.
  • The most profitable college football teams include: Texas ($68.8 million); Georgia ($52.5 million); and, Penn State ($50 million).
  • Average worth of an NFL team? 1.43 billion
  • The Indianapolis Colts generate over $23 million in revenue each year.
  • The average salary for an NFL player is $1.9 million.
  • High school football players are twice as likely as college players to sustain a head injury.
  • 10% of all college football players sustain brain injuries, an average of 1,364 / year.
  • 13% of NFL players sustain a concussion each year.
  • The NFL expects 6,000 of nearly 20,000 retired players to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or moderate dementia.
  • Concussions occur 30% less during games played at high altitudes.
  • The Indianapolis Colts are in the Top 5 teams with the most concussions.

Additional Resources

New NCAA Study– The NCAA has announced a new $30 million concussion study to enhance the safety of student-athletes. The research will be managed by the Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Consortium, or CARE. Indiana University will serve as the Administrative and Operations Core and will be the central coordination center for the CARE Consortium. Learn More: http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/ncaa-dod-launch-concussion-study

USA Football’s Heads Up Football – National initiative to help make the sport of football better and safer. A comprehensive collection of resources, programs, applications and promotions to create change and address the complex challenges of player health and safety in youth and high school football. Includes new resources and training materials to help coaches become Heads Up certified. Learn More: http://usafootball.com/headsup