Study: Amount of practice doesn't influence hits in football games

The New York Times reported Friday on a study that said head hits absorbed during youth football games do not increase if the players have fewer full-contact drills during practice.

The research, which was published this week in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering, was conducted by the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering.

The study bolsters previous studies that have encouraged youth football leagues to cut back on full-contact drills. That includes a national decision by Pop Warner Football to limit full-contact days of practices.

The Times report said the study appears to back up some of the safety measures started by USA Football and its Heads Up Football program.

-- Bill Bradley, contributing editor

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