SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - A new Illinois law is changing the way schools respond to concussions and head injuries.
Any Illinois student that has suffered a head injury to be removed from class and athletic practice until cleared by a doctor or athletic trainer to return, according to Senate Bill 7.
The law requires any Illinois school that participates in interscholastic athletics to create a concussion oversight committee. The team will be responsible for creating a return-to-play policy for students that have suffered head injuries or concussions.
The oversight teams will need to encompasses a person qualified in diagnosing head injuries such as a doctor or certified athletic trainer.
Coaches and athletic trainers will also be required to attend training courses to be able to spot a concussion.
Schools are also now required to have an emergency action plan in place.