Illinois lawmakers have passed a bill that would require high school athletic coaches to take concussion training courses. The Senate yesterday voted unanimously to pass the measure that would require coaches to take the free training every two years. The Illinois High School Association would be required to develop the program. State Senator Dan Kotowski sponsored the legislation. The Park Ridge Democrat says research shows concussions have a negative effect on athletes. He says the measure would educate coaches about the harmful effects of traumatic head injuries. The House passed the measure last month. It now goes to Governor Pat Quinn for his signature.
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