Ivy League schools ban tackling in football practice

Recently, health and safety concerns in football have dominated headlines across the nation. From elementary school football teams all the way to the NFL, the effects of head trauma and brain damage resulting from concussions sustained in the sport have become a growing concern among players, coaches, and fans.

Today, the eight Ivy League schools have taken first steps to decrease the physical toll of the sport by banning full-contact tackling during practices. All eight coaches in the league approved the decision unanimously, last week.

Dr. Robert Cantu, co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine, says that the research on limiting full-contact during practices, “all shows that you have fewer subconcussive hits but also concussions.”

The league developed “mobile virtual players” for teams to practice with, that emulate the size and mobility of a typical collegiate football player.

The Ivy League has been one of the most aggressive advocates in addressing the risks of contact sports on the health and wellness of student-athletes. College football has been played in the Ivy League since the 19th century.

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