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Old 09-21-2017, 07:15 AM
 
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The CFL has decided that all practices from now on will be no contact, in order to try to reduce head injuries. They have also extended the season by a week to allow for injury recovery time.


This a joint plan that is supported by both the players association and the team owners.


link. CFL eliminates contact practices, lengthens schedule in name of safety - CBC Sports - Football - CFL


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Old 09-21-2017, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Maybe if RGIII heads up there, he'll actually get to play football and stay healthy. OK, I keed about that last part. Well, maybe even the first part.
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Old 09-21-2017, 08:56 AM
 
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I think that this a very sensible change, that reflects the concerns about concussions in all types of sports.


The NHL is also considering a similar change.


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Old 09-21-2017, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Northern Wisconsin
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The CFL has decided that all practices from now on will be no contact, in order to try to reduce head injuries. They have also extended the season by a week to allow for injury recovery time.


This a joint plan that is supported by both the players association and the team owners.


link. CFL eliminates contact practices, lengthens schedule in name of safety - CBC Sports - Football - CFL


Jim B.
That's not a bad idea. Prohibiting contact during practice to prevent injuries would be ideal.
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Old 09-21-2017, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Northwest Peninsula
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I think that this a very sensible change, that reflects the concerns about concussions in all types of sports.

The NHL is also considering a similar change.
I don't know about the NHL but the NFL has already made changes in regards to no tackling and limiting certain types of blocking during preseason and/or practice.
I think the the NFL policy has shown up in early season games in poor quality games played.
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Old 09-21-2017, 12:16 PM
 
Location: East Helena, MT
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Our youth football league instituted this change, this season. We have never had the amount of injuries we have had this year. We have lost 3 boys to serious knee injuries, 1 to a serious back injury, and 2 to arm injuries, just on my son's team. The tackling this year has been horrendous, and has been the cause of the injuries. Instead of defensive players wrapping up to make clean tackles, they have been bouncing off, causing players to fly all over the place, eventually crashing into each other. Our offensive lineman can't block anything, because they can't touch each other in practice. They practice blocking against a dummy. Last week, a QB was almost killed after his O-line didn't block a single player on a blitz, causing 3 D-lineman to crush the kid at full speed. They all got there at the same time. He now has 3 broken ribs, a cracked vertebrae, a fractured wrist, and a knee sprain. At least he didn't get one of those evil concussions.


Tackling a player running full speed is a skill, one that needs to be practiced. The only thing they have tackled, besides in the game, is a practice dummy that doesn't move. The dummies weigh 20 lbs. A running back weighs 120lbs, and is running at full speed.


So to "reduce" concussions, they are sacrificing safety. Just for illustration, our league of 500 players averaged 10 concussions per year. So only 2% of the players in the league, on any given year, will get a concussion.
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Old 09-21-2017, 12:35 PM
 
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Have you ever seen a high school rugby game ? No pads no helmets, and it is for sure a full contact sport. The difference ? The players know that they will get hurt if they do stupid things on the field. That means that they tackle low. below the waist, and no body is doing any face mask drags.


Wearing armour encourages the kids to do stupid things. If they had to play with out any pads or helmets the injuries would go down dramatically. Of course the dinos on the sidelines would bleat and clutch their pearls.


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Old 09-21-2017, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Trumbull/Danbury
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Have you ever seen a high school rugby game ? No pads no helmets, and it is for sure a full contact sport. The difference ? The players know that they will get hurt if they do stupid things on the field. That means that they tackle low. below the waist, and no body is doing any face mask drags.


Wearing armour encourages the kids to do stupid things. If they had to play with out any pads or helmets the injuries would go down dramatically. Of course the dinos on the sidelines would bleat and clutch their pearls.


XXX.
I've been telling people this for years, that if football reduced the number of pads and other equipment the players wear there will be a lot less injuries then there currently are. Why do I say that?? See the above bolded message. and it's not just high school level rugby it's ALL rugby levels. Watch some of these Aussie Rules matches. These guys are 6"5 200+ pounds and run full speed at each other with no pads on, and hardly anyone gets hurt! Why?? Because nobody hits above the waist in the head area, nobody does any cheap hits taking out people's knees, or stupid tackles. They all wrap up at the waist and take them down, because they know if they do something stupid, that jeopardizes someones health, the opponent will do the same thing to him later on.
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Old 09-21-2017, 06:15 PM
 
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I agree with these changes as well, I think the push for more flag football at younger ages is also a good one, kids can still learn the game and skills without contact at young ages.

NFL will have to adapt or die...

There will be more suits coming like the Aaron Hernandez one....
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Old 09-21-2017, 07:05 PM
 
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Our youth football league instituted this change, this season. We have never had the amount of injuries we have had this year. We have lost 3 boys to serious knee injuries, 1 to a serious back injury, and 2 to arm injuries, just on my son's team. The tackling this year has been horrendous, and has been the cause of the injuries. Instead of defensive players wrapping up to make clean tackles, they have been bouncing off, causing players to fly all over the place, eventually crashing into each other. Our offensive lineman can't block anything, because they can't touch each other in practice. They practice blocking against a dummy. Last week, a QB was almost killed after his O-line didn't block a single player on a blitz, causing 3 D-lineman to crush the kid at full speed. They all got there at the same time. He now has 3 broken ribs, a cracked vertebrae, a fractured wrist, and a knee sprain. At least he didn't get one of those evil concussions.


Tackling a player running full speed is a skill, one that needs to be practiced. The only thing they have tackled, besides in the game, is a practice dummy that doesn't move. The dummies weigh 20 lbs. A running back weighs 120lbs, and is running at full speed.


So to "reduce" concussions, they are sacrificing safety. Just for illustration, our league of 500 players averaged 10 concussions per year. So only 2% of the players in the league, on any given year, will get a concussion.
My son will never play football. What the hell? Kids with broken vertebrae and fractured wrists ...nope. Not going to happen.
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