IHSA Board approves safety, heat changes
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors recently approved changes to IHSA Policy 13, which governs the regulations for safety and heat acclimatization for preseason football practices.
The revamped policy came from a joint recommendation between the IHSA’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee (SMAC) and Football Advisory Committee (FAC). The two groups collaborated on the proposal at a meeting on April 17, which included presentations by representatives from the Korey Stringer Institute and the Sports Legacy Institute. A draft of the proposal was provided to the IHSA Board of Directors last week, who asked that it be made available to IHSA football coaches and athletic directors for feedback, before reconvening and adopting the policy on Wednesday afternoon.
“This policy is the result of a collaborative effort between the IHSA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and the Football Advisory Committee,” said SMAC committee member and University of Illinois Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery Dr. Preston M. Wolin. “These guidelines are based on the most recent scientific evidence, as well as the expertise of the coaches who will help implement them. Both committees believe the guidelines represent a significant positive contribution to the health of our athletes.”
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