New Law Aims To Prevent Student Athlete Concussions
High school coaches and athletic directors now must take a concussion training course under a law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn. A new law requires the IHSA to develop an online certification program.
Quinn says the idea is to reduce and prevent concussions among athletes. The Chicago Democrat signed the measure Tuesday at a school on Chicago's South Side. The law takes effect immediately.
Studies indicate that concussions in children and teens have increased in recent years, along with awareness about the dangers of head injuries.
“Today, we know more about the negative impact concussions have on student athletes than ever before,” said Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge), one of the measure's sponsors. “We have to ensure that coaches are informed about the consequences of traumatic head injuries and take steps to reduce their frequency and keep our kids safe.”
House Bill 5431 was co-sponsored by State Representative Carol Sente (D-Lincolnshire.)
Illinois High School Associaition Director Marty Hickman said the online course takes a few hours to complete and must be taken every two years.
“Risk minimization for student-athletes, especially as it relates to concussions, will continue to be a top priority for the IHSA," he said.
The training centers on preventing and recognizing concussions. Athletes also will get awareness training.