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Concussion bill falls short

Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:17:16 CDT
By: AP

     A bill that would have required high school football teams to limit tackling in practices to one day a week didn't make it through the Illinois General Assembly. But its sponsor hopes the state's prep sports governing body adopts the measure aimed at concussion prevention.   The bill, sponsored by Representative Carol Sente failed to make it out of committee. The Vernon Hills Democrat now says she hopes the Illinois High School Association will adopt her ideas. The measure also would have required football coaches to complete concussion-prevention training.
     IHSA spokesman Matt Troha says one of the group's committees plans to discuss concussion-related policies at a meeting next month, but IHSA Director Marty Hickman has complained the legislature shouldn't be trying to dictate such rules.

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