High school athlete concussion legislation introduced

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation aimed at protecting Illinois high school athletes who have suffered a concussion has been introduced by a state senator.

The bill was introduced by State Senator Dan Kotowski.  Kotowski says the bill was filed because of concerns that students may be returning to games too soon after suffering a concussion.

Under the legislation, teams of medical professionals would be established at high schools throughout Illinois to deal with concussions.  It would require doctors to clear students play, and would require that parents sign consent forms after their children receive treatment.  The bill would also take away the coaches' ability to decide when a player can return to a game after suffering an injury.

According to Illinois High School Association Assistant Executive Director Kurt Gibson, much of what is outlined in the measure is already part of IHSA policy.
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