Report: Recent concussion study potentially leading to fall camp structure change in college football
Some “significant changes” could be coming to the way college football teams operate during fall camp, according to a recent report from Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger. The news comes after a five-year concussion study that was released earlier this year.
The NCAA Football Oversight Committee is reportedly exploring the possibility of reducing the number of full-padded practices during fall camp, eliminating collision drills and limiting teams to just two scrimmages.
Currently, teams are allowed to participate in 21 full-padded practices during camp, and the committee is looking to potentially lower that number down to 8. Fall camp scrimmages are currently limited to 3 1/2. An example of a collision exercise would be the “Oklahoma drill.”
The study, released in February, was funded by the NCAA and the Department of Defense. Per SI, the study tracked head exposures in six DI college football teams from 2015 to ’19, finding that 72 percent of concussions occurred during practice and nearly 50% happened in preseason practice. The study involved more than 650 players from Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Wisconsin, UCLA, Air Force and Army.
Under the new potential fall camp rules, teams would be permitted to have 9 practices without pads, 8 practices in shells (helmet and shoulder pads) and 8 practices in full pads.
You can see more of Dellenger’s report here.