Union High limits full-contact football practice

Posted at 10:16 AM, Sep 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 11:16:53-04

TULSA - The Union High School football team is training a little differently this year.

The head athletic director, Dan Newman, says they've reduced full-contact practices to three days a week instead of four, and athletes are limited to no more than 65 minutes of full-contact each week.

This change comes after the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association ruled that high school football teams be limited to only 90 minutes of full-contact practices in season in order to prevent brain injuries.

Newman says they've taken steps a bit further in order to keep students safe, and he hopes other schools in the area become more proactive.

He believes this could reduce head injuries in the long run.

Football has the highest rate of concussion in high school sports.