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Texas Moves To 90-Minute Limit On Full-Contact Practice To Reduce Injuries

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File photo of high school football players at practice. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas high school football is moving toward a 90-minutes-per-week limit on full-contact practice to limit concussions and other injuries.

The University Interscholastic League, which governs public high school sports, approved the limit at its meeting in Austin on Tuesday. The measure now goes to the state education commissioner for approval before the start of preseason practice in August.

UIL athletic director Mark Cousins says the rule does not apply in spring drills or fall preseason practice, and kicks in the week of the first game.

The rule limits “game-speed tackling and blocking to the ground” and covers high school and middle school practices.

Cousins says the Texas rule tracks a growing trend in professional and college football to limit contact drills to reduce the number of injuries.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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