Pac-12 to limit football contact in practice

THE NCAA HAS drug its feet on the notion of limiting practice contact in an effort to help blunt the alarming increase in concussions and head trauma -- so the Pac-12 went ahead and acted.

It's important to note that the policy change released today is not yet finalized -- we'll have to wait until July to see all the details and what it all means.

But the Pac-12 have agreed to a "comprehensive Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Initiative" to start in the 2013-2014 academic year, the Pac-12 said.

The key part of the release as it relates to football:

The Pac-12 will codify into a formal policy the existing practices across the Conference as they relate to limiting contact in football practice. The final policy will be released at Pac-12 Football Media Day on July 26.

Going forward, the Pac-12 will look at guidelines around contact in practice to ensure that student-athlete well-being is being closely monitored, both in the amount of contact and in providing our student-athletes and coaches with ample opportunity to teach and learn the correct tackling methods during the spring and preseason.

"Pac-12 institutions house the leading medical trainers, doctors, and scientists working to enhance student-athlete health and well being," said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. "Our athletic departments and coaches have been very progressive in this area and are deeply committed to advancing these efforts," he added. "This initiative seizes on our opportunity to embrace, support, and coordinate all these efforts and build a framework to advance them with new resources, expertise and funding."

For the full release, CLICK HERE

Last November, the Ivy League announced a policy limiting teams to two full-contact practices a week during the season. They also allow only seven full-contact sessions during spring practice -- the NCAA allows 12. The NFL recently (and reluctantly) agreed to a policy change -- brought about by the insistence of the players' union -- that a team could have only one full contact practice a week.

For more, check out this CF.C commentary from the archives: CLICK HERE

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