Illinois senator proposes concussion-related legislation
While there are plenty of benefits of youth sports, one negative aspect of playing on the field is the risk of concussion. As more research is going into the effects of helmet-to-helmet hits and rough play in sports like football, hockey and basketball, legislators are beginning to play a role. According to Think Progress, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin formally introduced the Protecting Student Athletes from Concussions Act just a week after a high schooler in New York died after a head hit on the field.
"Young athletes are at the greatest risk for sports-related concussions, and we need to make sure we are doing all we can to protect them while they compete," Durbin said in a statement. "My bill sets, for the first time, minimum state requirements for the prevention and treatment of concussions to ensure students, parents and coaches have the information they need to effectively address head injuries."
The law would require special evaluation of youth suspected of being concussed, and it would also mean that they must sit out of practice and games for the rest of the day.
Parents of youth athletes can work with their local government officials to enact similar legislation to ensure the safety of their children on the field.