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 went into full effect on June 30th, 2013.
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.
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.
Required Documents and Links Necessary to Comply with Michigan's Sports Concussion Law
- Public Acts 342 & 343 of 2012 Michigans Sports Concussion Awareness Laws
- Compliance Checklist
- Parent / Athlete Acknowledgement Forms in English and Spanish
- Medical Clearance to Return to Play Form
- 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. These videos are approximately 30 minutes. Please be sure to print or save the certificate that is offered at the end of the training session.
- Youth Sports Training CDC "Heads Up" Concussion In Youth Sports
- High School Sports Training The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)Training
- MDCH & CDC "Heads Up" Educational Materials Fact Sheets in English and Spanish and Quiz for Athletes and Parents
- REAP The Benefits of Good Concussion Management-2013 A Guide to Create a Community-Based Concussion Management Program.
- Graduated Return to Play
- Michigan NeuroSport (University of Michigan) online educational modules and resources
- Information for Clinicians
- Information for Schools
- "Heads Up" FAQs about Concussion Baseline Testing
- Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Resources
- Concussion Recovery Guide Prepared by the Michigan Traumatic Brain Injury Services and Prevention Council
- MDCH Traumatic Brain Injury Website
- Brain Injury Association of Michigan Website
- Centers For Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Sports Concussion Home Page
- More CDC Resources: Educational Materials
- Order Form for Free Resources CDC's Order Form for Free Concussion-Related Materials
- New Letter to Organizing Entities that Engage in Youth Athletic Activities: January 2014
- Reminder Press Release - September 3, 2013 Schools and Youth Athletic Organizations Have New Regulations to Follow
- Press Release Announcing Education Website for Sports Concussions
- Sports Concussion Website Promotional Flyer
- Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.s)
- Zack's Law - "YouTube" Video "Zack's Law," the First Sports Concussion Law - State of Washington