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Michigan Sports Concussion Law

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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, and was amended in October of 2017.

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, which must be re-taken every three years, or more frequently as determined by DHHS.

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.

Concussion Awareness Training - Required

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Required Documents and Links Necessary to Comply with Michigan's Sports Concussion Law

the certificate that is offered at the end of the training session. be sure to print or saveIn Michigan Law requires all coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults who are involved with youth athletic activities to complete concussion awareness training every three (3) years.  The links below provide free training which will satisfy this requirement. Please follow the appropriate link below for either youth or high school sports training. These videos are approximately 30 minutes. Please

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)Training

High School Sports Training (Concussion in Sports)

CDC "Heads Up" Concussion In Youth Sports

Youth Sports Training

Information for Coaches

Youth CDC "Heads Up" Educational Materials

Fact Sheets in English and Spanish, Clipboard Checklist and Quiz

Youth CDC "Heads Up" Educational Materials

Frequently Asked Questions & Media Materials

Announcing Education Website for Sports Concussions
Press Release April 3, 2013
Schools and Youth Athletic Organizations Have New Regulations to Follow
Press Release Sept. 3, 2013
"Zack's Law," the First Sports Concussion Law - State of Washington
Zack's Law - "YouTube" Video