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michigan s sports concussion law and resources

Michigan’s Sports Concussion Law and Resources


Michigan’s Premier

Public Health Conference

October 22-23, 2014

Shanty Creek, Bellaire, MI

sports concussions
Sports concussions
  • A concussion is a serious brain injury, caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head
  • It can occur in any sport or recreational activity
  • All concussions are serious!
  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 3.8 million sports- and recreation-related concussions occur in the United States annually
  • Visit CDC’s concussion webpage for more information
    • http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/sports/facts.html
a little about the law
A little about the law…
  • Michigan was the 39th U.S. State to enact a law that protects young athletes from the consequences of sports concussions
  • Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed the legislation on October 23rd, 2012
  • The law will go into full effect on June 30th, 2013
  • The law is meant to raise awareness about sports concussions and their consequences
    • “With more awareness about the signs, symptoms and consequences of concussions and prompt removal from play when a concussion is suspected, this law will help to preserve future health and academic performance of student athletes.”-MDCH Director James K. Haveman.


how does the law work
How does the law work?
  • All coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults involved with a organizing entity sponsoring an athletic activity must complete a concussion awareness 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
    • The organizing entity must obtain a signed statement acknowledging receipt of the information by the parents and athletes
    • The organizing entity to keep on record for the duration of the youth athlete’s participation in the sponsored activity or until they are 18 years of age
  • The law requires immediate removal of an athlete from physical participation in an athletic activity who is suspected of sustaining a concussion
    • The youth athlete must then receive written clearance from an appropriate health professional before they can return to physical activity


michigan department of community health
Michigan department of community health
  • The MDCH Division of Chronic Disease & Injury Control created a webpage with educational materials and information about how to comply with Michigan’s Sports Concussion Law
  • www.michigan.gov/sportsconcussion
important documents and links
Important documents and links
  • Here you can find important materials needed to comply with the law


sports concussion awareness training
Sports concussion awareness training
  • The CDC offers a online training program designed for youth sports
  • For high school sports, the CDC recommends The National Federation of State High School Associations training program
  • Both online training programs are free!
  • The MDCH also highlights other training resources available in the “Other Concussion Resources” section


compliance checklist
Compliance Checklist
  • The compliance checklist is a tool organizing entities can use to ensure that they are complying with all parts of the law


information for coaches
Information for coaches
  • This section includes fact sheets, guides and checklists for coaches;
    • Youth sports
    • High school sports


information for parents athletes
Information for parents & athletes
  • This section includes fact sheets and a quiz on the signs and symptoms of concussions;
    • Student athletes
    • Parents and guardians
  • Fact sheets are available in both English and Spanish


other concussion resources
Other Concussion resources
  • This section offers many great resources, including additional trainings, posters and more;
    • University of Michigan NeuroSport
    • MHSAA
    • CDC Heads Up
    • Safe Kids Kalamazoo







zack s law youtube video
Zack’s Law “YouTube” video
  • Amazing inspirational YouTube clip from ESPN documenting Zack’s story and highlighting the impacts that a concussion can have on a young athlete’s life
  • In honor of the first sports concussion law
    • Implemented in the State of Washington
    • Zach Lystedt’s family encouraged a law to be passed to protect future athletes from the consequences of sports concussions






Laura Rowen, MPH

Michigan Department of Community Health

(517) 335-9519