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Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act

The Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act contains directives for school boards and certain identified staff members. (105 ILCS 5/22-80, added by P.A. 99-245 and amended by P.A. 99-486.) A school district must implement this Act if it offers interscholastic athletic activities or interscholastic athletics under the direction of a coach (volunteer or school employee), athletic director, or band leader. A school district may need to implement its return-to-learn protocol for a student's return to the classroom after he or she is believed to have experienced a concussion, "whether or not the concussion took place while the student was participating in an interscholastic activity." (105 ILCS 5/22-80(d)).

For a comprehensive discussion, see the IASB publication Checklist for Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act.

Helpful implementation guidance is in the Lurie Children’s Hospital publication Return to Learn after a Concussion: A Guide for Teachers and School Professionals.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website contains excellent resources for the recognition, response, and prevention of concussions, including the opportunity to order or download free educational materials on concussions that can be distributed to parents, students, and coaches.

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