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IHSAA: No more two-a-days, other changes to summer FB practices

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Danny Whitmore, a junior at Solon High School, knows how tough summer practices can be.

"I'm working so hard, I'm just like, 'Can I go any more?'" Whitmore said.

Still, even in pads in the summer heat, Whitmore knows his coaches are always looking out for what's best for his health.

"Our coaches are always telling us to get drinks, and if we're not feeling good they'll for sure tell us to let them know," Whitmore said.

Most state high school programs make safety a priority, but the Iowa High School Athletic Association is taking no chances -- setting forth new guidelines for preseason practices based on conducted medical research.

"If we look at the big picture, this is all about keeping kids safe," said Tom Keating, vice-chair of the IHSAA's board of control. "It's all about heat acclimatization. It's all about keeping them cooled down."

The new rules eliminate practicing twice a day.

"Because of the stress on the body, whether it's one three-hour session, or one two-hour session, that stress needs time to recover," Keating said.

Football teams will also be limited to practicing three hours a day.

Shoulder pads won't be allowed until day three of the summer session.

Full equipment and full contact drills will wait until the sixth practice.

It's an adjustment for coaches.

"My main concern would be making sure that we have opportunities for our kids to develop fundamentally," said Solon head football coach Kevin Miller. "Having five days rather than three days in a helmet certainly poses some challenges."

Miller said providing a safe practice environment for his athletes is paramount, and thinks the changes will benefit Iowa high school football.

"I believe decisions were made to rule in the best interest of kids," Miller said. 

Click here to see a full list of the IHSAA changes.

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