Thursday, May 9, 2013
"These guidelines are based on the most recent scientific evidence, as well as the expertise of the coaches who will help implement them," said Dr. Preston M. Wolin, a member of the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.
The Illinois High School Association approved new safety rules Wednesday to limit tackling in youth football practice in an effort to reduce head injuries, reported the Daily Herald. In March, a controversial bill sponsored by State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) proposing to limit the number of days players could have full contact hitting practice (twice a week) failed in the House committee. The new IHSA policy calls for coaches to gradually increase the time players can participate in preseason practice, along with the number of protective pads they can wear. On the seventh day of practice, players can participate in five hours of full contact drills wearing full pads, according to the IHSA. However, no single practice can exceed …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
A bill proposed to limit the number of days youth football players could tackle during season practice died in committee Thursday.
A controversial bill (House Bill 1205) sponsored by State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) to limit tackling in youth football practice failed in committee Thursday, according to the Illinois General Assembly website. The bill was tabled, though Sente told the Chicago Tribune she intends to forge ahead and speak to the Illinois High School Association and report back to the House committee before the legislative session end in May. Sente hosted a community forum at Vernon Hills High School in February on the dangers of concussions and head injuries related to hitting in football. She solicited opinions from coaches, parents, athletes and medical professionals, reported Patch. In response to public input, Sente tweaked her original …
Friday, March 1, 2013
Learn to play the Chicago Bears way at this no-contact football instruction camp for youths 6 to 14 years old. The camp will be held July 15-19 at the Libertyville Sports Complex.
With former Chicago Bears like Macey Brooks, Allan Ellis, Kris Haines, Al Harris, Jim Morrissey and Mickey Pruitt providing support, Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps will return this summer 19 locations, including a camp at the Libertyville Sports Complex. The camp will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 15-19. Register now for the early bird cost of $359. Chicago Bears Youth Football Camps provide non-contact instruction to kids from ages 6 to 14 years old. With professional coaches and Chicago Bears Heroes, kids learn to run, throw, catch, defend and compete the Bears way. All programs provide football non-contact instruction, athletic skill development, fitness and agility training. "It’s football—designed by the Chicago Bears and fit for…
Monday, February 4, 2013
Community members are invited to attend this Feb. 25 public meeting.
Monday, February 4
In response to increasing awareness of the dangers of concussions and brain injuries triggered by school sports, State Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) will host a public hearing on the matter to learn more about local high school policies, hear testimonies from health care experts and athletic professionals, and discuss her newly filed House Bill 1205 on this topic. The hearing will take place from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 25 at Vernon Hills High School. “The Illinois General Assembly passed landmark concussion legislation two years ago,” Sente explained. “While that bill was a strong starting point, I believe there is much more we need to do to prevent temporary and permanent brain injuries in our young athletes. Professional and college football …