May 30, 2011 --
Illinois lawmakers have passed a new measure requiring high school athletes who suffer concussions to get a doctor's approval before resuming play. The bill also requires education for coaches, parents, referees and players about concussion warning signs.
Supporters say requiring medical clearance could prevent coaches and players from ignoring the dangers of concussions.
The legislation has the support of the National Football League.
The bill passed the state House Sunday and now heads to Gov. Pat Quinn.