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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

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