Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act (Public Act 099-0245)
The Youth Sports Concussion Safety Act, put into effect on August 3, 2015, states:
- If a student is suspected of a concussion they will be removed from participation.
“A student must be removed from an interscholastic athletics practice or competition immediately if one of the following persons believes the student might have sustained a concussion during the practice or competition:(1) a coach; (2) a physician; (3) a game official; (4) an athletic trainer; (5) the student’s parent or guardian or another person with legal authority to make medical decisions for the student; (6) the student; or (7) any other person deemed appropriate under the school’s return-to-play protocol.”
2. They will not be permitted to return to participation until the following are completed.
“A student removed from an interscholastic athletics practice or competition under this Section may not be permitted to practice or compete again following the force or impact believed to have caused the concussion until:”
- The student has been evaluated by a physician. (The student may take the post-injury ImPACT test at a Centegra Immediate Care facility as a tool for the physician to use. The results will be read by a Centegra Neurologist and sent to the treating physician.)
- The treating physician has provided a written clearance statement, which the athlete provides to the athletic trainer and school nurse, that it is safe for the student to begin to return-to-play and return-to learn.
- The student has successfully completed each requirement of the return-to-play protocol (gradual step-wise increase back into physical activity). This is done with the supervision of the athletic trainer.
- The student has successfully completed each requirement of the return-to-learn protocol (gradual increase back into school work). The student will check in daily with the school nurse.
- The student and the student’s parents/guardian have signed a consent form indicating they understand that risk is involved with returning to participation after a head injury. http://ihsa.org/documents/forms/current/Post-concussion%20Consent%20Form%20(RPT-RTL).pdf