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Texas moving to limiting contact at football practice

June 11th, 2013 by nathan joyce

To limit concussions and other injuries, Texas is moving toward limiting contact during football practice to 90 minutes per week. You can read about that here.
It’s an interesting move coming from the state where high school football is king and it shows how things are changing in the sport.
The WIAA approved new rules for summer practices in the spring. It came in response to an amendment that would ban helmets during the offseason in an effort to eliminate contact and decrease concussions.
I was at the WIAA winter coalition meeting in March where the summer practice amendment was discussed. I heard some of the discussion and the state coaches association knows change to their sport is coming and they’re hoping to be out in front on the issue before others change their sport for them.
It’s going to be interesting to see how this issue moves. If Texas is willing to make these changes, it could just be the first domino toward the rest of the states.
And if this is the way the sport is going, how will the sport evolve? Will it change the on-field product? Will it dramatically alter how many are injured in the sport? How will the higher levels of the sport evolve?

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