Michigan Concussion Law
A concussion is a mild 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 goes 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.
Provided by the Michigan Department of Community Health
- Press Release – Announcing Education Website for Sports Concussions
- Public Acts 342 & 343 of 2012 – Michigan Sports Concussion Awareness Laws
- Zack’s Law – “YouTube” Video – “Zack’s Law, “the First Sports Concussion Law – State of Washington
- MDCH & CDC “Heads Up” Educational Materials – Fact Sheets in English and Spanish and Quiz for Athletes and Parents
- Youth Sports Training – CDC “Heads Up” Concussion in Youth Sports
- High School Sports Training – The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Training