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Posted: Tuesday, 12 August 2014 9:50AM

High School Football Practices Subject To New Rules In Michigan

High school football practices are underway, but there are changes to the game this year in the state. Michigan High School Athletic Association spokesman John Johnson says even with as physical as the game is, there are ways to reduce the risk of head injuries and heat-related injuries.


Johnson says while football is taking a beating in the public eye with concussions, there are dangers involved in any sport.


Under the new rules, single practice sessions are limited to three hours. In the preseason, teams are limited to five hours when teams have two-a-days and only one can be a collision practice. Once the season begins, teams will be limited to two collision practices a week. Schools must also wait until this Friday to begin practice in full gear. Football remains the most popular sport at the high school level, with 41,000 Michigan students expected to take to the field this season. Nationwide, there are approximately 67,000 diagnosed concussions in high school football every year, according to the Journal of Athletic Training.


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