IL changes school policies when dealing with concussions

Published: Aug. 5, 2015 at 10:56 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2015 at 11:07 PM CDT
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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.

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