College football practice at Dartmouth in Hanover, NH on Aug. 26, 2015.
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By Nolan Feeney
March 1, 2016

Ivy League football coaches unanimously approved a measure to end tackling during regular-season practices last week.

The decision, one of the biggest moves to address concerns about concussions and other injuries in the sport, will go into effect after it is approved by officials such as the league’s athletic directors and university presidents, the New York Times reports. The league previously put limits on the number of full-contact practices in 2011.

One of the coaches, Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth, had already eliminated full-contact practices in 2010. While some players were worried the ban on tackling in practice would hurt the team, Dartmouth’s track record—the team shared the league title in 2015—suggested otherwise.

Research has shown that cutting back on full-contact practices can limit the number of concussions.





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