Toughness drills, these are the drills that coaches utilize to "toughen" or punish their athletes by way of extreme duration, weight, or excessive contact. Many of us that have played sports have participated in them, and if you haven't played sports its possible you have witnessed these drills during your career as an Athletic Trainer. When I played football in college we had a drill that defined this "toughness". Every year like clockwork it would come, it signified camp was coming to a close and the starters were close to being chosen when we started this infamous drill. Players based on position would line up on opposite sides between a row of cones a few yards wide and roughly 10 yards long. The coach would blow his whistle and each player would sprint full speed at the other with the intention of plowing through the other. It was basically playing chicken without the cars. Just like this drill that came like clockwork, so did the injuries. Without fail every single year injury after injury happened running this drill. Yet, it was still a tradition that wasn't even thought twice about. As a healthcare professional it makes me cringe to witness drills that are intended to punish an athlete with no rhyme or reason other than that. At what point does the Athletic Trainer step in to protect the athlete? Is it ever appropriate to interrupt a practice at all? I know plenty of coaches that would bite your head off when you call a practice or postpone a game because of thunder or humidity so I can only imagine what would happen if the Athletic Trainer stopped a drill that was particularly detrimental to the health of the athlete. Have any of you reading this encountered drills like this that without fail caused injury? Or has anyone stopped a drill because of this? Please share a story ,if you have any that relate to this topic.