Concussions now require medical exam for IL student athletes - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Concussions now require medical exam for IL student athletes

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) -

Roughly 300,000 sport-related brain-injuries happen every year across the United States.

This year, a new law is in place to help protect student athletes who use their heads in more ways than one.

The law, signed by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on August 3 requires any student with a concussion to have a doctor’s written consent to return to the field, or the classroom.

It applies to any sport.

All schools are also required to document a plan for dealing with such injuries.

Murphysboro Athletic Trainer Lori Smith said the measure could mean up to a week of classes missed for students but considering the risk, it’s worth it.

”The biggest risk is not catching it, and then having second impact syndrome.” Smith explained, “because that can lead to more injuries, and possibly even death later down the road. […] These guys think they’re tough, and they don’t want to report [their injuries,] and actually any sport… boys, girls, they all think they’re tough”

Murphysboro football coach Gary Carter said he’s only seen one or two concussions in his time as coach. Carter said proper technique is the best way to prevent such an  injury

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2015 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Person of interest wanted in attempted abduction in Miner, MO

    Person of interest wanted in attempted abduction in Miner, MO

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 10:47 PM EDT2018-07-18 02:47:04 GMT
    Miner, Missouri police officers are looking for the driver of a possible Mercury van who is a person of interest in an attempted abduction.  (Source: Miner PD, Facebook)Miner, Missouri police officers are looking for the driver of a possible Mercury van who is a person of interest in an attempted abduction. (Source: Miner PD, Facebook)

    Miner, Missouri police officers are looking for the driver of a possible Mercury van who is a person of interest in an attempted abduction.

    Miner, Missouri police officers are looking for the driver of a possible Mercury van who is a person of interest in an attempted abduction.

  • First Alert: A little heat relief for parts of the Heartland

    First Alert: A little heat relief for parts of the Heartland

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 9:01 PM EDT2018-07-18 01:01:05 GMT
    Things are staying pretty hot for your work week (Source: KFVS)Things are staying pretty hot for your work week (Source: KFVS)

    Drier air will continue to sink in from the north overnight and more of the Heartland will feel relief Wednesday. 

    Drier air will continue to sink in from the north overnight and more of the Heartland will feel relief Wednesday. 

  • Wanted man in custody after chase on I-55, search in Perry Co., MO

    Wanted man in custody after chase on I-55, search in Perry Co., MO

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 8:39 PM EDT2018-07-18 00:39:31 GMT
    Cody Gustin is wanted after leading officers on a chase on I-55. (Source: Perry County Sheriff's Office)Cody Gustin is wanted after leading officers on a chase on I-55. (Source: Perry County Sheriff's Office)

    A Cape Girardeau, Missouri man is in custody after leading officers on a chase on I-55, followed by a search through Perry County, Missouri for more than a day.

    A Cape Girardeau, Missouri man is in custody after leading officers on a chase on I-55, followed by a search through Perry County, Missouri for more than a day.

Powered by Frankly