Compliance Checklist

Michigan's Sports Concussion Law: Compliance Checklist

 

Effective June 30th, 2013

 

¨    Learn about the new law and how it affects you and your organization.

Please visit www.michigan.gov/sportsconcussion.

 

¨    Plan how this new law will be implemented in your organization before it sponsors or operates an athletic activity in which youth athletes will participate.

Understand what is required and make sure those provisions are implemented.

 

¨    Ensure that required training is completed.

Coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults who are involved with a youth athletic activity sponsored by or operated under the auspices of the organizing entity must complete one of the two concussion awareness on-line training programs. (Either "Youth Sports Training"  or "High School Sports Training")

 

¨    Provide educational materials to youth athletes and parents.

The organizing entity is responsible for providing educational materials to each youth athlete who participates in a sponsored athletic activity and their parents/guardians.

 

¨    Document and maintain receipt of educational materials by youth athletes and parents.

The organizing entity is responsible for obtaining a signed statement by each youth athlete and parent/guardian that acknowledges receipt of educational materials on concussions and their consequences.  Signed statements shall be maintained in a permanent file for the duration of the youth athlete's participation in the athletic activity or until the youth athlete is 18 years of age.

 

¨    Immediately remove from play any youth athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion.

The coach or other adult employed by, volunteering for or acting on behalf of the organizing entity during an athletic event sponsored or operated by that entity shall immediately remove an athlete from physical participation who is suspected of sustaining a concussion during the athletic activity.

 

An athletic activity means a program or event, including practice and competition, during which youth athletes participate or practice to participate in an organized athletic game or competition against another team, club, entity or individual.  Athletic activity includes participation in physical education classes that are part of a school curriculum.

 

¨    Before returning a youth athlete to play, obtain written clearance from an appropriate health professional.

The youth athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion is not allowed to return to any physical activity until they have been evaluated by an appropriate health professional and must receive written clearance from an appropriate health professional authorizing return to physical activity.

 

The organizing entity shall maintain the Written Clearance to Return to Play Forms in a permanent file for the duration of the participation of the youth athlete in a physical activity or until the youth athlete is over 18 years of age.

 

¨    Keep information and resources about the law on hand.

Information about the law and resources are available at:  www.michigan.gov/sportsconcussion.