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Ivy League reins in tackling to protect football players’ brains

Ivy League football players will no longer tackle each other during regular season practice, The New York Times reports. The policy change, unanimously approved last week by the eight teams’ coaches, is part of a larger effort in the football world to reduce concussions and other injuries.  Groups including the National Football League and the Ivy League already limit the number of full-contact practices at different times of year, and in 2010 Dartmouth University’s team eliminated full-contact practice year-round, replacing it with innovations such as a mobile tackling dummy. Concerns over head trauma in football have spiked in recent years, and research suggests that limiting full-contact practice helps keep players safe. 

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