High school football practice is underway at many high schools in Wisconsin. But this year, practices will be a bit different than before.
"The new codes for practice essentially cut down the amount of hard contact the players are going to have," Dr. Larry Gordon said.
Full contact, such as tackling, is not permitted during the first week. In the second week of practice, 75 minutes is allowed. Weeks three and onward allow 60 minutes of contact per week, excluding games.
"We really want to prevent injuries. No one wants to see their players injured. The players, parents, coaches, or the team physicians," Gordon said.
Players and coaches are still confident that even with a new practice routine, they'll be readily prepared for the upcoming season.
"I think we'll be at the same intensity as last year at game time," Wausau East senior Tim Nass said.
"The number one thing for any football program anywhere is player safety," Wausa East Coach Tom Tourtillot said. "I understand that the WIAA made the rules to try to make the game safer. And we're going to try to follow those rules."
Guidelines that players, coaches and physicians alike hope yields a still productive, but safer football season