CULVER CITY -- The Pac-12 announced Friday that it will limit full-contact practices to two days per week during the regular season, becoming the first conference to codify the amount of contact in practice.

Teams will be limited to two full-contact workouts per week during spring practice, as well. Contact is also being limited during two-a-days: Only one of the sessions can feature full contact.

The league defines full contact as "any live tackling, live tackling drills, scrimmages or other activities where players are generally taken to the ground. Full contact shall not include thud sessions or drills that involve "wrapping up" where players are not taken to the ground and contact is not aggressive in nature.

"I think it's great," Stanford coach David Shaw said of the announcement during Pac-12 football media day. "That's what most of us do anyway."

The move is part of a broader health-safety initiative that includes the formation of a head-trauma task force to study ways of limiting concussions and other head and neck injuries.

"I wouldn't say it's a big change. We normally hit early in the week, then you kind of back off," Cal middle linebacker Nick Forbes said at media day. "The main hitting technique is still done, it's just done without the pads on sleds, with shields. We'll still get the work in that you need. I think it'll just be better for our bodies and player health."

Forbes likened the guidelines to the NFL's approach.


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"I know in the NFL, that level is all about longevity and protecting the players," he said. "They rarely hit, they're rarely in pads. Once you get to a higher status, you don't really need brute force and the physicality of the game all the time. Those Sunday sessions in the training room, you're feeling the whole season stack up on you."

Bay Area News Group staff writer Jeff Faraudo contributed to this story.

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