Two-a-days are no more.
The NCAA Division I Council on Friday announced a new rule eliminating multiple contact practices a day in preseason.
The Council’s Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision members adopted immediate legislation supporting a plan endorsed by the NCAA Sport Science Institute and leading scientific and sports medicine organizations in the Year-Round Football Practice Contact Recommendations released in January.
“The Council’s action reinforces our commitment to the health and safety of our student-athletes,” said Division I Council chairman Jim Phillips, athletics director at Northwestern. “We continue to be guided by the recommendations from medical professionals, coaches and administrators and the strong support for discontinuing two contact practices in the same day.”
According to the new rule:
"A single day may include a single, three-hour, on-field practice session and a walk-through. During walk-throughs, protective equipment such as helmets and pads can’t be worn, and contact is prohibited. Walk-throughs also can’t include conditioning activities and, in the Football Championship Subdivision, are limited to two hours in length. Three continuous hours of recovery are required between on-field practice and a walk-through. Activities such as meetings, film review, medical treatment and meals are allowed during recovery time."