Illinois Bill Would Require All to Complete Online Concussion Certification Program

Illinois State Rep. Carol Sente introduced a piece of legislation, House Bill 5431, to the state education committee last week that would require all athletic directors, high school coaches and assistant coaches to complete an online concussion certification program.

The measure would apply not only to football, but other high school sports, such as volleyball, soccer and cheerleading.

Sente has been an activist on the front, trying unsuccessfully last year to reduce practices in pads to two times a week.

“I still want to see some changes with how practice happens and (the IHSA) knows that,” Sente told the media. “(Change) has come a little slower than I wanted, but I’m watching. They know that if their group doesn’t do it quick enough via the by-laws, that I’m back there watching them and needling them.

“I think we’ll get there, but this is an evolution and I think you’re going to see more of it. It’s not over.”

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