Michigan Sports Concussion Law
On June 20, 2013, Michigan passed a law entitled the “Michigan Sports Concussion Law”. This law requires that the SLJL make all parents aware of the signs and symptoms of a concussion and to train all coaches and assistant coaches in how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion. A concussion is a brain injury, caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head that can have serious consequences. It can occur in any sport or recreational activity. Michigan was the 39th U.S. state to enact a law that regulates sports concussions and return to athletic activity. The law also requires immediate removal of an athlete from physical participation in an athletic activity who is suspected of sustaining a concussion. The student athlete must then receive written clearance from an appropriate health professional before he or she can return to physical activity. The “Return to Play” form can be downloaded here: Medical Clearance to Return to Play Form.
The sports concussion legislation requires all coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults involved with a youth athletic activity to complete a concussion awareness on-line training program. Please review the “Sports Concussion Awareness Training – Required.” section on the Michigan Department of Community Health website, including the Michigan Sports Concussion Awareness Laws, the Compliance Checklist, and watch either the Youth Sports Training video or the High School Sports Training video.