Canadian Football League ends full-contact practices

CFL, CFLPA immediately end full-contact practices

CFL, CFLPA immediately end full-contact practices

Here's an interesting bit of football news from north of the border: effective immediately, the Canadian Football League is putting an end to full-contact padded practices during the season.

The Canadian Football League is taking two serious steps to improve player safety. While contact practices will still be permitted at training camp, full-contact practices during the regular season will immediately become a thing of the past.

Teams had previously been allowed to hold padded practices during training camp in addition to 17 days during the season, although those workouts will be eradicated.

Football at all levels has reduced and restricted the amount of collision permitted during practices in recent years as research has pointed toward a direct correlation between the number of collisions players experience and long-term brain trauma.

"Today, we stand shoulder to shoulder on the important issue of player health and safety", CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said.

"Early on in those first few weeks I saw one of our teams playing three games in 11 days; having been through a tight schedule like that in the past I just know it's incredibly hard on the players". Ambrosie, it's worth noting, is also a former CFL player. One padded practice per week is already a significant reduction in contact compared to previous eras but limiting collisions to gameday obviously has its merits, as the CFL has decided.

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