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 is currently available online at:
On January 31, 2013 HB 1205 was introduced. If enacted this legislation would amend 105 ILCS 5/10-20.54 and 105 ILCS 5/34-18.46 to include the Football Practice Hitting Limitation Act, which would apply to an organized football program of a public or non- public school or organized youth football league. It would also require a coach to complete a certified online training program and to limit full contact hitting to 2 days per week during the regular season, no offseason / summer practices/workouts, and at a coaches discretion during pre-season practices. The proposed legislation was tabled on March 21, 2013.
The text of HB 1205 can be viewed online at: