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.
- 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.
Information for athletes and parents:
What is a Concussion?
- http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/pdfs/youthsports/esp/youth_sports_parents_fact_sheet_spanish_v3_508.pdf (Spanish)
- http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/pdfs/youthsports/esp/parent_athlete_info_sheet_spanish-a.pdf (Spanish)