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Ivy League eliminates full-contact tackling in football practices

Ivy League eliminates full-contact tackling in football practices

Coaches of the prestigious conference have decided they will eliminate full-contact hitting from practices during the regular season, according to The New York Times. Ivy League spokesperson Scottie Rodgers told USA TODAY Sports that such a rule change would not be finalized until athletics directors, policy committee members and the school presidents meet separately.

Dartmouth eliminated full-contact practices in 2010 in order to cut down on injuries. "It's not rocket science".

While the season is going on, teams can hold full contact practices nor more than two times in a week.

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Coaches from the eight teams, who have been playing football on campuses since the 19th century unanimously agreed to stop player-on-player hits during training last week. But the Ivy League's plan, combined with the steps taken by the NFL and some high schools across the nation, should result in fewer traumatic brain injuries and a greater chance of long-term health for these athletes. "It's actually made us a better team".

"We're not trying to change the nature of the game, we're just trying to make it safer", Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said.

Some Ivy League coaches and players were initially concerned if they stopped tackling during the week, their skills would be rusty during games. "It can be a blocking obstacle or device for downfield blocking for a lineman", the coach said. In an effort to reduce injuries, Teevens did away with full-contact practices during the season, starting in 2010. "Then again, some of those practices could be pretty tough and exhausting, so I don't miss that at all". One study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, found that a statewide rule that prohibited full contact during the first week of the season, and limited full contact to 75 minutes during the second week and to 60 minutes per week in the third week and beyond, had an immediate impact.


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