Title: CFL Shows It’s Serious About Player Safety with Important Rule Changes
Date: September 14, 2017
Original Source: Vice
Synopsis: For my latest at Vice, I wrote about the CFL eliminating all full-contact padded practices during the season and adding an additional bye week in the name of player safety.
The Canadian Football League is making sweeping changes in the name of player safety, introducing a pair of changes on Wednesday that aim to better protect the short- and long-term health of its players.
Effective immediately, there will no longer be full-contact padded practices allowed once training camp ends. That means no padded practices during the course of the season, and it means no full-contact during the course of the season. While it’s unclear of the exact amount of hard contact players sustain in these sessions during the course of the arduous regular season schedule (teams were previously allowed 17 such practices during the season), it’s certainly more than zero, which will be the new standard.
“Removing full contact from practices is going to not only positively affect the CFL and its players but will send a signal to all sports across all levels that player safety must continue to be improved,” CFLPA president Jeff Keeping said in a release.