Michigan was among the handful of states to restrict contact in practice, in 2014, a full season prior to recommendations from the National Federation of State High School Associations . . .
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So, when there was recent criticism that our football practice policy wasn’t progressive enough, that it allows (in theory only) too much time for contact drills, my response is: Look at the entire body of work.
In sports as in most other aspects of American society, ours is a free-market system that allows the rich to get richer, with little regard for the consequences.
I would require and pay for both initial and continuing education of all coaches, both high school and junior high/middle school, head coaches and assistants, paid and volunteer.
"When we look at the larger body of evidence, we find that sports are a tradition in US education that has genuinely benefitted students and their school communities.”
I am encouraged that “someday” may be coming soon when the symbol of business – The Wall Street Journal – features an article on the dangers of sport specialization that is too early and intense.
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