Quinn to sign student concussions law

Associated Press
Updated 7/28/2011 10:10 AM

Student athletes from elementary to high school will get better safeguards against concussion injuries under a law Gov. Pat Quinn is set to enact.

A 10 a.m. signing ceremony was set for Thursday at Chicago's Soldier Field.


The law requires student athletes with concussions to get medical approval before resuming play. It also requires education for coaches, parents, referees and players about concussion symptoms.

Several other states have enacted similar laws.

Repeat concussions and returning to play too soon raises risks for permanent brain damage.

Many athletic directors in the state support the law because it will put schools all on the same page. But some worry about lack of funds to pay for trained staff to monitor athletes and make sure they're removed from play after a suspected concussion.