BELLEVUE, Ky. -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) said Tuesday that it reached a settlement that puts a stop to a class-action head injury lawsuit, which was filed by former college athletes.
Along with the changes, and push for more safety on the playing field, the NCAA would create a $75 million fund to test athletes, and make a return-to-play rule.
Football's new changes took the field in Northern Kentucky Tuesday night, as the young Bellevue Tigers are tackling quite a bit differently than they used to.
"A lot of us were taught to hit with the tops of our shoulders and this is more with the chest plate which keeps your head back out of the way," coach Josh Terry said.
Watch the video player above to learn more about changes to football in the Tri-State are a step in the right direction, according to local coaches and doctors.