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Sente's Hearing to Address Youth Football Safety Topics

Community members are invited to attend this Feb. 25 public meeting.

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 teams are implementing policies to limit full contact practice as evidence mounts that even small, non-concussive hits are having longlasting effects. It is time we reconsider what type of practice is more tradition versus necessity to prepare for the weekend game.”

Sente encourages community members to RSVP, indicating if they would like to offer brief testimony, ask a question or simply reserve a seat in the audience by calling her constituent service office at (847) 478-9909.

— Information provided by the office of Carol Sente

davecisar February 05, 2013 at 01:13 PM
So Chicago has the bond rating of a 3rd world country and MS Sante thinks she should tell parents that their little boys cant play tackle football? The facts are according to the Mayo Clinic and MANY others that tackle football is no more dangerous than basketball or soccer. If she really wanted to ban dangerous activities she would try and ban skateboarding or BMX biking- both of which have MUCH higher injury rates than tackle football- more here: http://www.winningyouthfootball.com/wp-blog/
davecisar February 05, 2013 at 01:17 PM
So Chicago has a bond rating of a 3rd world country and will probably go bankrupt thanks to the pension contracts Ms Sente and her collegues agreed to for public employees, but she has time to tell parents that their children wont be allowed to play tackle football. According to EXPERTS, the Mayo Clinic, takle football isnt any more dangerous to play- injury wise than basketball or soccer. If she really cared about injuries she would look into the high percentage injury sports like skateboarding and BMX racing. Style over substance for more info: http://www.winningyouthfootball.com/wp-blog/
davecisar February 06, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Nevermind that the Chicago Bond rating ls the same as most 3rd worlds countries. The FACTS are per the Mayo Clinic study that youth football isnt any more dangerous than basketball or soccer and MUCH safer than skateboarding and BMX racing- why dont you get those 2 sports banned? Make decisions for your own kids, keep your hands off of mine. http://winningyouthfootball.com
davecisar February 06, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Nevermind that the Chicago Bond rating ls the same as most 3rd worlds countries. The FACTS are per the Mayo Clinic study that youth football isnt any more dangerous than basketball or soccer and MUCH safer than skateboarding and BMX racing- why dont you get those 2 sports banned? Make decisions for your own kids, keep your hands off of mine.
Stephen Auatill February 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM
As parents we should all be concerned about head injuries in any sport. Rep. Sente should be encouraged to continue this discission and move forward to protect all our children from over zealous coaches bent on winning at all cost. This is an important issue that could save many children from becomming vegitables. I for one would like to see all sports inititate brain trauma benchmarking so we can have a staring point if our child is injured. All highschools should be mandated to have a benchmarking program at the least. High school sports agreements put the responsibility of injuries right back on the parents. Without taking any responsibility for taking procautions before injury. I believe we owe it to our children to have a highschool head trauma benchmarking program in place so we can at least have a starting point when we visit the doctor. We all need to step up and speak for our young athletics. This subject could happen to your child. The results could be life altering,

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