Sports Medicine

February is National Heart Month: Stay Heart Smart!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals, and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices. Make a difference in your community: Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and encourage people to live heart healthy lives. For more information on how your school can promote healthy living and national heart month, the links below may be of interest. Play Smart! Play Hard!

American Heart Month Toolkit
American Heart Association

UPDATE to Youth Sports Concussion Act

On November 20, 2015, Governor Rauner signed into law SB 219, which delays implementation of the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act (SB 07) for IHSA member schools until the 2016-17 school year. The IHSA will continue to make information available regarding implementation to member schools, and ISBE will also provide resources over the coming months. As a reminder, information regarding Return to Play and Return to Learn can be found here.

In early 2016, the revised IHSA Concussion Course for coaches will be available in the IHSA Schools Center. The new law stipulates that all coaches and licensed officials will be required to complete the course, or another one approved by IHSA, no later than September 1, 2016. Once the IHSA course is available, schools and officials will be notified. Individuals with questions can contact Kurt Gibson at the IHSA Office.

Heat Acclimatization Brochure Available

Concussion Risk Program

View the IHSA concussion presentation (NOTE:  this presentation is NOT the presentation required for all high school coaches to view.  This presentation is designed for students and the general public.  High School coaches must complete the concussion education program found in the IHSA Schools Center.  Coaches with questions about their School Center log-in – or coaches without a Schools Center log-in – should contact their school administration.)

Illinois High School Association Sports Medicine


Gatorade is the Official Sports Fuel Provider of IHSA.
Gatorade products are approved by IHSA to be consumed by Illinois high school athletes.