OAK PARK - With high school football practices already underway and the season just around the corner, the state takes a proactive step to battle against concussions.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law today legislation requiring school athletic directors and coaches to undergo concussion awareness training.
"Sports play a big role in the lives of many young people across our state" says Quinn. "While we want to ensure all children have the opportunity to play sports, we must also protect the health of our young athletes from potentially life-changing damage."
The Illinois High School Association must develop and implement an online training program. The IHSA says it'll work with medical professionals. The online training will focus on concussion recognition and prevention, what to do when a player may have a concussion, and education on the long-term effects of repetitive head trauma.
Once the training is complete, the coach/athletic director will receive a certificate. Student athletes will also be trained in concussion awareness.
The law goes into effect immediately.
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