Concussion Legislation

July 25, 2011

22 states have enacted legislation related to concussions and youth athletes over the last few years. Illinois has also introduced legislation known now as the “Protecting Our Student Athletes Act” and this bill now awaits Governor Quinn’s signature to make it law.

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has released guidelines for concussion management over the last two years and the Illinois General Assembly looks to take those guidelines a step further by making them mandatory.

HB200 calls for each school district to develop policy within the guidelines that the IHSA has established. The IHSA released guidelines for the 2010-2011 school year stating that any athlete suspected of a head injury must be cleared by a licensed healthcare provider in order to return to play in the same day. During the spring of 2011, the IHSA released additional guidelines saying that any athlete suspected of having suffered a concussion should be cleared by a licensed healthcare provider before returning to play at all. Also, they now say no athlete should return to play same day if suspected of having suffered a concussion. This is consistent with the most recent international guidelines.

As an athlete or an athlete’s parent in Illinois, you should expect and demand to see the following actions taken by your local school district very soon:

  • Requiring a student athlete to be cleared by a licensed healthcare provider before being allowed to return to play after being suspected of suffering a concussion
  • Requiring each student athlete and his/her parents to sign a statement recognizing they understand the risks along with signs and symptoms of concussions in sports
  • Educational materials being provided to each student athlete and his/her parents including the recognition of signs and symptoms of a concussion and the management of the condition

The IHSA and Illinois legislators have designated the Certified Athletic Trainer and physicians licensed to practice in all branches of medicine as the only healthcare providers allowed to clear an athlete after a concussion.

Monroe Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine employs Certified Athletic Trainers licensed by the state of Illinois to provide athletic training services at Columbia, Waterloo, and Freeburg High Schools. Our staff is ready to work along with physicians and school officials to provide the best concussion management for our student-athletes.

To check the status of this bill, click here.

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