SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois House committee has unanimously approved legislation that would tighten the rules for high school athletes who suffer concussions.

The bill would prevent players from returning to games until cleared by a licensed physician. Supporters say this will take the choice out of coaches’ hands.

It also requires school districts to adopt concussion awareness and treatment policies and provide information to students and their families.

Concussions have become a big issue in football. New research has shown they can lead to health problems such as dementia or depression.

Former Chicago Bears play Dave Duerson recently killed himself and donated his brain to research into the problem.

The measure now goes to the full House.

The bill is HB200

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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