New rules for high school football practices

Published 05/09 2013 04:42PM

Updated 05/10 2013 09:40AM

BLOOMINGTON -- The IHSA is changing the way football players practice during the summer. Wednesday, the Board of Directors approved changes to Policy 13, under the recommendation of the IHSA's Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and Football Advisory Committee.

Key items in the policy include limiting the number of hours per day teams can practice, mandating a certain amount of rest in between practices and placing limits on the amount of equipment players can wear.

"This policy is the result of a collaborative effort between the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and the Football Advisory Committee," said SMAC committee member and University of Illinois Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery Dr. Preston M. Wolin. "These guidelines are based on the most recent scientific evidence, as well as the expertise of the coaches who will help implement them. Both committees believe the guidelines represent a significant positive contribution to the health of our athletes."

To read the complete policy click here.

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