Though most college football fall practices won't begin for another month, the
The most notable changes tackle contact in football practices. Under the new procedures, live-contact practices are limited to the following:
- Preseason: One live-contact practice allowed per day, four per week and 12 total per preseason. Three scrimmages, defined as live contact for more than 50 percent of practice, are allowed.
- Season: Two live-contact practices allowed per week
- Spring: Two live-contact practices allowed per week (not on consecutive days) and eight total per spring. Three scrimmages are allowed.
The guidelines also stipulate that a medical director or primary athletics health care provider be allowed autonomy to determine whether an injured player can return to play.
Athletes that sustain concussions should not be allowed to return to play for the remainder of the day, according to the guidelines.
The guidelines, the result of a six-month process involving college football coaches, administrators and medical organizations, are separated from legislated rules, meaning that they can adjust to new medical research. They are meant as resources for schools to develop their own policies.
Last season, the
"With input from Pac-12 coaches, these practice contact policies have worked well in the Pac-12," said
Though reporting of head injuries is sporadic, Al Jazeera America, which tracked concussions during the 2013 season, reported that there are an estimated 4,000 concussion cases each year throughout college football.