Sports Medicine

New Concussion Education Program available for Coaches and Officials

The IHSA is excited to announce that its member schools and licensed officials can now access the association’s most recent concussion education program. The program is available in both the IHSA School and Official Centers. Completion of the program for athletic/activity coaches and licensed officials is a requirement of the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act and must be completed by September 1, 2016. The IHSA has provided member schools with information about the law during the current school year, and a link to the entire law can be found in the release just below this one (“Update to Youth Sports Concussion Act”). To help schools and officials in their understanding of some of the law’s requirements, the IHSA has put together the FAQ document below.

Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act FAQ.

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.

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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

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