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Heads Up for Concussion

                         STATE LAW REGARDING SPORTS-RELATED

                                HEAD INJURY & CONCUSSIONS

 

The Illinois General Assembly now requires that all schools subject to the Illinois Interscholastic Elementary School Association adhere to a new law regarding sports-related head injuries and concussions. The law requires:

- All Illinois schools to establish “return to sports’ and “return to learn” protocols for students with concussions by the start of the
  2018-2019 school year.
 
- If a student athlete sustains a concussion or is suspected of sustaining a concussion during a practice or game, the law now mandates  taking the student out of play or practice, and requires written certification from a licensed medical professional for “return to play” and “return to learn”.
 
- That student athletes and their parents (as well as coaches, athletic directors, school nurses, physicians and others) learn about the  consequences of head injuries and concussions through training programs and/or written materials.