“This is an issue I have worked on for several years with Dr. Edward Pegg of Bloomington. Concussions are common injuries in children and teens who participate in sports and recreational activities. And too often, the young person tries to shake off his or her injury and keep playing,” Senator Brady said. “But even the mildest concussion is an injury to the brain and the student should be checked out by a healthcare professional before being allowed to get back on the field or court.”
The legislation also authorizes park districts to provide patrons with information concerning head injuries.
Supported by the Chicago Teachers Union, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Rush University Medical Center, House Bill 200 now returns to the House of Representatives for concurrence with changes made to the bill in the Senate. If approved there, the bill then moves to the Governor for further action.