Ill. panel weighing high school concussion rules

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Illinois lawmakers are taking a closer look at how to protect high school athletes from concussions.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois lawmakers are taking a closer look at how to protect high school athletes from concussions.

The House Education Committee meets Wednesday to consider legislation requiring schools to remove players from the game if they’re suspected of having a concussion. The player would not be allowed to return until after getting written clearance from a medical professional trained in evaluating concussions.

Former Chicago Bears player Kurt Becker is scheduled to testify in favor of the measure.

There are growing concerns that football players suffer long-term damage from concussions.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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