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IHSA: Concussion lawsuit could end football programs in poor communities

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A concussion lawsuit could spell the end of football at select high schools in Illinois.

Daniel Bukal, a Notre Dame College Prep player from the early 2000's, claims that the IHSA doesn't do enough to prevent potential damage from concussions.

IHSA officials say if Bukal's suit is successful, it could shut down football programs in poor communities who can't afford new mandates like on-call doctors and computer-based concussion screenings.

"That's one of the risks of this lawsuit. Only the folks who can afford to have these extra requirements are going to continue to have those programs and only their kids are going to benefit from those programs. That would be an injustice. It would be a shame," noted Marty Hickman, IHSA Executive Director.

The IHSA and state lawmakers have already put new rules into place, including mandatory concussion education for coaches and a restriction on hitting during summer practices.

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1 Comment

  • Diane

    My problem with this lawsuit from a former player is that he doesn’t hold his parents at all responsible. Yes there should be some changes and if that is what the litigation is about then proceed with the lawyers.

    But as for monetary damages. No way. Generations of parents are well aware that football is a contact sport with potential injury but allow their children to play anyway.