“When concussions occur, young athletes need greater protections”
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin 01/29/15 By Kwame Y. Raoul
Below is an excerpt:
From civil rights to criminal justice reform and beyond, Illinois has a well-earned reputation as a progressive leader among states — a place that’s willing to step forward and test new policy ideas when the well-being of its people is at stake.
But when it comes to protecting our student-athletes from potentially career-ending and life-altering injuries, we must do more.
A pending class-action lawsuit against the Illinois High School Association — the nonprofit entity tapped to promulgate and enforce the rules on student-athletes and concussions — invites us to examine whether enough guidance is given to schools, park districts and youth sports organizations as to how handle circumstances involving suspected concussions of student-athletes. (The case is Daniel Bukal v. Illinois High School Association, No. 2014 CH 19131.)