Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act


021Under the lead sponsorship of State Senator Kwame Raoul (Chicago- District 13), the Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act was approved by the Illinois General Assembly with nearly unanimous support. It was signed into law by Governor Bruce Rauner on August 3, 2015. This legislation requires all Illinois schools to establish “return to sports” and “return to learn” protocols for students with concussions by the start of the 2016/17 school year. It ensures that students in Illinois who have suffered concussions receive comprehensive support from their school to address both their physical and cognitive needs while their brains are recovering from a concussion injury.

We encourage all coaches, parents and athletes to access the Center for Disease Control’s Heads Up To Youth Sports. This website provides a wide range of printable posters, information sheets, on-field materials and much more. These items will ensure that all coaches, parents and athletes are informed and educated on the seriousness of concussions and their impact on youth sports which is now governed and enforced by State Law.