The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Prep Football: IHSA Board Sets Deadlines For Concussion Course Completion

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  • The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met at its regularly scheduled meeting at the IHSA office in Bloomington on Monday, August 25, 2014, where the Board voted to set deadlines for coaches and administrators to complete the IHSA concussion education course, which became mandatory as a part of a new state law earlier this month.

    “The new state law requires all coaches and administrators to complete this course,” said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. “However, without a deadline in place, a fall sport coach could realistically wait and complete it in the winter or the spring. Our Board thought it made sense to prevent that scenario from occurring.”

    In addition, the Board added restrictions that would prevent a coach from coaching until they have completed the course.

The deadline for completing the course will be the first allowable practice date for each sport season.
    Because of the timing of the law, an extension until September 15 has been granted for fall coaches in 2014.

    “Over 10,000 coaches and administrators have completed the course already,” said Hickman. “That includes about 90 percent of the football coaches in the state and 80 percent of all fall sport coaches. We appreciate our member schools complying with this law in a timely manner, just as we commend the medical professionals who helped prepare the education and test.”
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