Indiana high school football teams practicing under new rules

WTHI Photo, Sarah Schaffer
WTHI Photo, Sarah Schaffer

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Indiana football teams are practicing under new rules this summer: only 12 practices in full pads and five of those have to be competition days.

As rules for professional teams take effect, Indiana high school teams are also taking precautions.

“When you add the pads and helmets… there’s just not a whole lot of breathe room and it’s just extra weight that the athletes have to carry and more materials that they have to carry on their body,” explained Aimee Eldridge, certified athletic trainer for Terre Haute South. “So, they’re more susceptible to heat illnesses.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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