Concussion training will now be required for athletic directors and coaches at Illinois high schools. The newly signed law requires the Illinois High School Association to give athletic staff an online training course on concussions. Gov. Pat Quinn believes the result will be fewer injuries to students.
“This makes sure all of our coaches, especially those who are in contact sports like football, can recognize early on what a concussion is and what to do with respect to protecting the athlete,” Quinn said.
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The IHSA says the course has already been developed, and coaches of fall sports have completed the training. They’ll be required to retake it every two years. Student athletes will also be trained on recognizing concussion symptoms.