Sports Concussion Law

 As of June 30, 2013 the Michigan Sports Concussion Law affects every park and recreation department in the state.  Below are resources to assist your department with compliance on this new issue. mParks will continue to post resources as they become available.

Recent updates

May 12, 2016: CDC Injury Center released a new HEADS UP fact sheet for athletes to look out for their teammates and spot concussion symptoms among themselves and teammates.

 

The CDC also encourages agencies and teams to promote these good practices with hashtag #goodteammates and follow www.facebook.com/cdcheadsup.


CDC HEADS UP has added 5 new sports to the microsite. Sports available through the HEADS UP microsite now include:

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cheerleading - NEW
  • Field hockey - NEW
  • Football
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse - NEW
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball - NEW
  • Wrestling - NEW
  • What's required

    The organizing entity must provide educational materials on the signs/symptoms and consequences of concussions to each youth athlete and their parents/guardians and obtain a signed statement acknowledging receipt of the information for the organizing entity to keep on record.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.

    Who it affects

    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.

    Mandatory Training Courses

    From Michigan.gov:

    "In order to meet the requirements of the law all coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults who are involved with a youth athletic activity must complete one of the concussion awareness on-line training courses listed below. Please follow the appropriate link below for either youth or high school sports training."