The Seahawks are one of many teams with teams using sheet bends for the injury prevention.
They are the NFL’s biggest, and most well-known, proponent of the machines, which allow players to bend the knees and ankles to the point of pain.
But it turns out that they’re not all that good at preventing injuries, according to a new study published in the journal Injury Prevention.
In fact, the machines can actually worsen the injuries they’re designed to prevent.
In the study, published in Sports Medicine, researchers examined the injury rates of more than 5,000 NFL players who were diagnosed with a traumatic injury during the 2011 season.
The injuries occurred in different ways.
For instance, the researchers tracked knee injuries in all but 10 of the players’ games over the season.
In some cases, the knee injury occurred as a result of a collision with an opponent’s defender, or the player had an injury that involved both his knees and his ankle.
In others, the injury occurred when the player collided with an opposing player’s helmet.
The researchers also tracked injuries in the regular season.
They found that in the 13-game regular season, more than 70 percent of the injuries were concussions, while in the playoffs, it was only 25 percent.
This is a huge difference.
“What we found was that it’s more than a statistical coincidence that injury rates are higher in the postseason than in the pre-season,” says Dr. Richard Schober, the lead author of the study and a professor of sports medicine at Stanford University.
“We know that players are getting injured more frequently during the regular seasons, so this is a pretty big difference.
It’s also a huge discrepancy.
It makes sense to do something about that.”
The researchers looked at each team’s injury rates in relation to the number of players injured during the season and the number who suffered an injury during a game.
“The team that had the most concussions had a higher injury rate in the games,” Schober says.
“But we found that the team that has the fewest concussions was also the team with the least number of concussions.”
“We’re seeing that the injuries are more severe in the post-season, but it’s not a linear relationship,” he adds.
“We found that concussions tend to be more severe during the postseason.”
In the preseason, the Seahawks had the highest number of injuries per game, with more than 3,600 injuries during the 10-game season.
That number jumped to nearly 6,600 during the playoffs.
The team with more concussions during the pre season had a 4.6 percent higher injury incidence rate during the post season, while the team without concussions suffered only a 0.8 percent increase.
“The most striking difference between the pre and post season is the increase in the number and severity of concussive injuries,” the researchers wrote.
“It is also the case that this pattern has been seen in all other major sports, with concussions having a significant impact on team success.”
The Seahawks’ injury rate also rose significantly after the team’s Super Bowl victory in 2012, but that trend has continued throughout the team year.
“There’s not much difference in the overall injury rate between the post and pre season,” says Schober.
“There are some notable differences between the two seasons, but overall, the trends are similar.”
As far as the Seahawks are concerned, this study shows that their team-based safety measures are effective.
“I would say that our team-safety measures are probably the best in the league,” Schueber says.
And if the Seahawks were to follow the lead of other teams in adopting the machines and use them for the whole season, he adds, “we would probably see fewer concussions as a percentage of injuries than we currently do.”
If you want to get injured, you need to stop by a sports-medicine center, says Schuebner.
“Most people don’t know how to get the injury they need to get.”
The study is available online and can be downloaded here .