The Illinois legislature is trying to take a step for safety in youth sports by requiring coaches to take online training about concussions and other head injuries. “The IHSA will be drafting a mandatory concussion certification,” said the sponsor, State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills). “There will be no charge to member schools.” This comes as scores of former football players are telling stories of the lifelong effects of what their sports have done to them.
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State Rep. John D’Amico (D-Chicago), himself a football coach, says he was won over after learning the bill applies to all sports. Lawmakers speaking out against the idea say it’s another way Illinois is becoming a nanny state that thinks government is better at protecting kids than their own parents are. H.B. 5431 passed the House, 102-11.