Prep Sports: IHSA concussion rule now law for all levels

By Matt Nestor
Sports Columnist

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has signed a bill that will make the Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) recent new concussion rules a law that all schools must follow.

In April this year, the IHSA passed a new set of rules in regard to concussions called the Return to Play Guidelines.

Simply put, the policy states that if a player is ruled ineligible to return to a game in which they have left with a head injury, that player is not allowed to return to play until they have been given written clearance from a licensed health care provider.

House Bill 200, which Quinn signed, will make this policy a law that must be followed at all levels of school, whether elementary, middle school or junior high, as well as high schools.

“The IHSA is very pleased in Gov. Quinn’s decision to sign House Bill 200 into law,” IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman said. “This is a law that puts student safety first, and now creates a synergy between all levels of our schools that will better educate students on concussions.”

Concussions have been a hot-topic button in all sports the last few years. This law goes a long way toward helping make all players safer should they suffer a concussion, and is especially significant with the start of the football season around the corner.

“We appreciate Illinois House Minority Leader Tom Cross and Senator Kwame Raoul for inviting us to participate and have an active voice in this legislative process,” Hickman said. “This is a great example of individuals working together for a greater cause, a lesson we believe is instilled in the young people who participate in IHSA sports and activities all across Illinois each year.”

From the Aug. 3-9, 2011, issue

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