Concussions in Youth Athletes - Illinois
Governor Quinn signed HB 200 into law on July 28, 2011. In July 2012, the sections pertaining to concussions were renumbered without any other substantive change to the existing statute(s). The law can now be found at sections 70-1205/8-24 and 105/34-18.46) and 105/5/10-20.54, under the chapters and sections dealing with park districts, schools and school boards. (70 Ill. Comp. Stat. 1205/8-24 and 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/34-18.46 and 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/10-20.54).
This law provides that the Act applies to all school and park districts within the State that operate or sponsor athletic programs or extracurricular activities. It requires the State Board of Education and park districts to develop guidelines on policies to inform and educate coaches and athletes and the athlete’s parents/guardians of the nature and risks of concussions, criteria for removal from and return to play, and the risks of not reporting the injury and continuing to play. It also provides that school boards are required to adopt policies on concussions, and that these policies must be included in the agreements signed by parents/guardians before a student participates in practice or interscholastic competition. The Illinois High School Association is to make materials on concussions available to all school districts. Park districts are authorized and encouraged to make available to residents and park district facility users including youth athletic programs education materials describing the nature and risks of concussion and head injuries. Such educational materials may include information from the Illinois High School Association, U.S. Centers for Disease Control or other comparable materials.
The official version of these sections are currently available online at:
At the present time, no legislation is pending to amend, revise or repeal this statute.