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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (IRN) – Lawmakers and members of the Chicago Bears gathered Friday in Chicago to talk about the importance of new legislation aimed at reducing head injuries in high school sports.

The legislation sponsored by State Rep. Tom Cross (R-Oswego) and State Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) also takes aim at park district sports programs. It would require all school boards to adopt a policy regarding student athlete concussions and head injuries. While the bill has passed in the House, it is receiving some minor tweaks in the Senate.

The bill:

  • Requires the policy to be in compliance with protocols, policies and by-laws of the IHSA.
  • Requires that information on the school board’s concussion and head injury policy be part of any agreement, contract, code or other written instrument that a school district requires a student athlete and their parents to sign before participating in practice of interscholastic competition.
  • Requires the IHSA to make available to all school districts, including elementary school districts, educational materials such as visual presentations and other written materials that describe the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries.

“As a former NFL player and now a high school coach, concussion education at all levels is vitally important,” said Kurt Becker, former Bear and 1985 Super Bowl Champion. “I fully support these efforts to help our student athletes have a safer experience in all sports.”

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