There will be no more full-contact hitting in CFL practices.
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In what could be a first step in the professional football to curb the amount of hits players take on the football field, the Canadian Football League (CFL) has decided to halt full-contact practices immediately.
“Effectively immediately, the league (CFL) will no longer allow full-contact padded practices during the season, significantly reducing the number of collisions players sustain over the course of a season,” TSN reported on Wednesday.
This could have wide-ranging ramifications on professional football as a whole. Sure, the NFL has put in restrictions to contact during offseason activities, but completely ending in-season full-contact practices is a completely different ball game.
The aim of CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie is to avoid continued unnecessary head-on collisions during the season. Currently, the league allows 17 days of full-contact practices during what is now a 21-week season. That’s going to be a thing of the past.
While we can’t really expect the NFL to follow suit here any time soon, it is a step in the right direction for advocates of player safety on the gridiron.