Football is a physical sport, but now a number of elite colleges and universities are looking at eliminating tackling from practice.
The safety of student athletes is always a big issue, especially with concussions, and if a new proposal passes, Yale University could be taking the lead in making football practice safer.
Last week, the football coaches voted in favor of cutting out tackling.
"As athletic trainers we're always fighting that battle of trying to keep the best players on the field as much as you can and when you're talking about a head injury, any injury, you run into the scenario, ‘well if we're doing this in practice, the odds of them not being available during the game increases’,” said Quinnipiac University Associate Athletic Trainer Adam Pallone.
He said the idea of cutting out tackling from practice is an interesting idea.
"If it’s successful at the Ivy League level, I think it’s only a matter of time before the rest of college football starts trickling that way,” Pallone said.
In fact, Dartmouth College is already cutting out tackling during practice, and won a share of the league title last season.
The possible move comes as concerns are mounting over head injuries and CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy), which causes lesions on the brain, and how contact sports could take a toll on athletes later in life.
Yale’s athletic department said it was still too early to comment on the matter and that while supported by the coaches, the proposal still needs to be approve by the athletic directors and the school presidents later this year.
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