100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2017 and 2018
Introduced , by Rep. Carol Sente
SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:
Creates the CTE Prevention Act. Defines terms. Provides that a child
under the age of 12 may not participate in tackle football offered by an
organized youth sports program. Provides that a child under the age of 12
may participate in all other athletic activities offered by an organized
youth sports program.
A BILL FOR
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AN ACT concerning safety.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
Short title; references to Act.
(a) Short title. This Act may be cited as the
(b) References to Act. This Act may be referred to as the
Dave Duerson Act to Prevent CTE.
The General Assembly finds that the
best available evidence tells us that Chronic Traumatic
Encephalopathy (CTE) is caused by repetitive hits to the head
sustained over a period of years and cite sub-concussive
impacts as an important factor. The General Assembly also finds
that athletes who begin playing contact sports at younger ages
are at greater risk for neurological impairment later in life
and recognizes that several published studies show that
exposure to tackle football before the age of 12 is associated
with a greater risk of neurological impairment than exposure to
tackle football starting at or after the age of 12.
In this Act:
"Organized youth sports program" means any organized
intramural athletic activity program, interscholastic athletic