CFL to ban full-contact practices during the season

Now that there's a link drawn between full contact sports and long-term brain injuries, the CFL is stepping up to help their players.

The Canadian Football League is poised to become the first pro-football league to ban full contact practices during the regular season.

The move is expected to significantly reduce the number of collisions players sustain over the course of a season. 

Teams are currently allowed full-contact practices during training camp, plus an additional 17 days during the season. While contact practices will still be permitted at training camp, full-contact practices during the regular season will immediately become a thing of the past.

Football at all levels has reduced and restricted the amount of collision permitted during practices in recent years as research has pointed toward a direct correlation between the number of collisions players experience and long-term brain trauma.

The CFL will also extend its regular season from 20 to 21 weeks, significantly reducing the number of short turnarounds between games, such as teams having to play three games in 11 days or four in 17 days. Teams will now have three bye weeks instead of two. The number of games each team plays will remain at 18.

(with files from TSN)