Small changes to football practices can yield large reduction in head impacts

ClugstonUF Health researchers found that shortening the time spent on the highest-risk football drills could reduce the equivalent of nearly a year’s worth of head impacts over the course of a typical player’s career.

“Realistically, most coaches are going to keep practices at the same length of time,” said Jay Clugston, M.D., UF Athletic Association team physician and MBI member. “This gives them the guidance to hopefully pick less-dangerous drills or at least spread out the highest-risk drills to decrease ‘impact density,’ which has recently been described as important in concussion risk.”

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