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Full Text of HB0200  97th General Assembly

HB0200sam001 97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Sen. Kwame Raoul

Filed: 5/2/2011

 

 


 

 


 
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AMENDMENT TO HOUSE BILL 200

2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 200 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
 
4    "Section 1. This Act may be referred to as the Protecting
5Our Student Athletes Act.
 
6    Section 3. The Park District Code is amended by adding
7Section 8-24 as follows:
 
8    (70 ILCS 1205/8-24 new)
9    Sec. 8-24. Concussion and head injury educational
10materials. In addition to the other powers and authority now
11possessed by it, any park district is authorized and encouraged
12to make available to residents and users of park district
13facilities, including youth athletic programs, electronically
14or in written form, educational materials that describe the
15nature and risk of concussion and head injuries, including the

 

 

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1advisability of removal of youth athletes that exhibit signs,
2symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion, such as a
3loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or
4balance problems, from a practice or game. These educational
5materials may include materials produced or distributed by the
6Illinois High School Association, those produced by the U.S.
7Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or other comparable
8materials. The intent of these materials is to assist in
9educating coaches, youth athletes, and parents and guardians of
10youth athletes about the nature and risks of head injuries.
 
11    Section 5. The School Code is amended by adding Sections
1210-20.53 and 34-18.45 as follows:
 
13    (105 ILCS 5/10-20.53 new)
14    Sec. 10-20.53. Student athletes; concussions and head
15injuries.
16    (a) The General Assembly recognizes all of the following:
17        (1) Concussions are one of the most commonly reported
18    injuries in children and adolescents who participate in
19    sports and recreational activities. The Centers for
20    Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as
21    3,900,000 sports-related and recreation-related
22    concussions occur in the United States each year. A
23    concussion is caused by a blow or motion to the head or
24    body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the

 

 

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1    skull. The risk of catastrophic injuries or death are
2    significant when a concussion or head injury is not
3    properly evaluated and managed.
4        (2) Concussions are a type of brain injury that can
5    range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain
6    normally works. Concussions can occur in any organized or
7    unorganized sport or recreational activity and can result
8    from a fall or from players colliding with each other, the
9    ground, or with obstacles. Concussions occur with or
10    without loss of consciousness, but the vast majority of
11    concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
12        (3) Continuing to play with a concussion or symptoms of
13    a head injury leaves a young athlete especially vulnerable
14    to greater injury and even death. The General Assembly
15    recognizes that, despite having generally recognized
16    return-to-play standards for concussions and head
17    injuries, some affected youth athletes are prematurely
18    returned to play, resulting in actual or potential physical
19    injury or death to youth athletes in this State.
20    (b) Each school board shall adopt a policy regarding
21student athlete concussions and head injuries that is in
22compliance with the protocols, policies, and by-laws of the
23Illinois High School Association. Information on the school
24board's concussion and head injury policy must be a part of any
25agreement, contract, code, or other written instrument that a
26school district requires a student athlete and his or her

 

 

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1parents or guardian to sign before participating in practice or
2interscholastic competition.
3    (c) The Illinois High School Association shall make
4available to all school districts, including elementary school
5districts, education materials, such as visual presentations
6and other written materials, that describe the nature and risk
7of concussions and head injuries. Each school district shall
8use education materials provided by the Illinois High School
9Association to educate coaches, student athletes, and parents
10and guardians of student athletes about the nature and risk of
11concussions and head injuries, including continuing play after
12a concussion or head injury.
 
13    (105 ILCS 5/34-18.45 new)
14    Sec. 34-18.45. Student athletes; concussions and head
15injuries.
16    (a) The General Assembly recognizes all of the following:
17        (1) Concussions are one of the most commonly reported
18    injuries in children and adolescents who participate in
19    sports and recreational activities. The Centers for
20    Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as
21    3,900,000 sports-related and recreation-related
22    concussions occur in the United States each year. A
23    concussion is caused by a blow or motion to the head or
24    body that causes the brain to move rapidly inside the
25    skull. The risk of catastrophic injuries or death are

 

 

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1    significant when a concussion or head injury is not
2    properly evaluated and managed.
3        (2) Concussions are a type of brain injury that can
4    range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain
5    normally works. Concussions can occur in any organized or
6    unorganized sport or recreational activity and can result
7    from a fall or from players colliding with each other, the
8    ground, or with obstacles. Concussions occur with or
9    without loss of consciousness, but the vast majority of
10    concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
11        (3) Continuing to play with a concussion or symptoms of
12    a head injury leaves a young athlete especially vulnerable
13    to greater injury and even death. The General Assembly
14    recognizes that, despite having generally recognized
15    return-to-play standards for concussions and head
16    injuries, some affected youth athletes are prematurely
17    returned to play, resulting in actual or potential physical
18    injury or death to youth athletes in this State.
19    (b) The board shall adopt a policy regarding student
20athlete concussions and head injuries that is in compliance
21with the protocols, policies, and by-laws of the Illinois High
22School Association. Information on the board's concussion and
23head injury policy must be a part of any agreement, contract,
24code, or other written instrument that the school district
25requires a student athlete and his or her parents or guardian
26to sign before participating in practice or interscholastic

 

 

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1competition.
2    (c) The Illinois High School Association shall make
3available to the school district education materials, such as
4visual presentations and other written materials, that
5describe the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries.
6The school district shall use education materials provided by
7the Illinois High School Association to educate coaches,
8student athletes, and parents and guardians of student athletes
9about the nature and risk of concussions and head injuries,
10including continuing play after a concussion or head injury.
 
11    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,
122011.".