NCAA Moving to Stop Two-a-Day Football Practices

April 14, 2017

Leaders in Divisions II and III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association have acted in recent days to prohibit football teams from practicing twice in a day, as is commonly done before the season starts. And officials in Division I -- the association's top competitive level, which contains the programs that get most of the national attention -- are debating whether to do the same this week.

The decisions flow from a set of recommendations released in January about physical contact in year-round football practices, emerging from studies by a consortium -- involving the NCAA and the Department of Defense -- studying head injuries. This week the management council of Division III voted to bar two practices involving contact on the same day, though the change allows teams to have a "walk through" after a three-hour recovery window. On Tuesday the Division II Management Council passed its own emergency legislation doing the same thing -- a provision that the division's Presidents Council is expected to consider within two weeks.

The Division I Council is considering a similar plan during its meeting this week, an NCAA spokeswoman said.

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