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MICHIGAN’S SPORTS CONCUSSION LAW MICHIGAN PUBLIC HEALTH CONFERENCE October 23, 2014. Michael F. Dabbs President. Presentation Objectives. Concussion Facts Historical Perspective of Michigan’s Law Possible Future Changes. Concussion Facts.

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michigan s sports concussion law michigan public health conference october 23 2014


Michael F. Dabbs


presentation objectives
Presentation Objectives
  • Concussion Facts
  • Historical Perspective of Michigan’s Law
  • Possible Future Changes
concussion facts
Concussion Facts
  • Each year, U.S. emergency departments (EDs) treat an estimated 173,285 sports- and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children and adolescents, from birth to 19 years.  (MMWR October 2011) Children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults.
concussion symptoms
Concussion Symptoms

Symptoms of concussion usually fall into four categories

concussion management
Concussion Management

Getting Better: Tips for Children

Parents and caregivers of children who have had a concussion can help them recover by taking an active role in their recovery:

  • Having the child get plenty of rest. Keep a regular sleep schedule, including no late nights and no sleepovers.
  • Making sure the child avoids high-risk/ high-speed activities such as riding a bicycle, playing sports, or climbing playground equipment, roller coasters or rides that could result in another bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body. Children should not return to these types of activities until their health care professional says they are well enough.
  • Giving the child only those drugs that are approved by the pediatrician or family physician.
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Concussion Management

Getting Better: Tips for Children (continued)

  • Talking with their health care professional about when the child should return to school and other activities and how the parent or caregiver can help the child deal with the challenges that the child may face. For example, your child may need to spend fewer hours at school, rest often, or require more time to take tests.
  • Sharing information about concussion with parents, siblings, teachers, counselors, babysitters, coaches, and others who interact with the child helps them understand what has happened and how to meet the child’s needs.
michigan law creation
Michigan Law Creation
  • Law created in State of Washington known as the Zack Lysted Law
  • NFL involvement & announces effort to get law enacted in every state
  • BIAA educates all state affiliates about the law at BIAA Leadership Conference in Michigan
  • Michigan Law
    • Michigan’s effort to bring awareness start in 1999 when BIAMI with a grant from Special Tree Rehabilitation prints and distributes 10,000 Sports Concussion Palm Cards
    • Rep. Polidori introduces initial bill in 2010
    • Rep. Thomas Hooker, former high school football coach creates work group to create Michigan law, which is introduced H.B. 5697
concussion law leaders
Concussion Law Leaders
  • Rep. Thomas Hooker
  • Michael Dabbs, Brain Injury Association of Michigan
  • John Johnson, Michigan High School Athletic Assoc.
  • Dr. Barbara Semakula, Wayne State University, Oakwood Hospital
  • Dr. Kenneth Podell, Henry Ford Hospital
  • Dr. Barbara Hoogenboom, Grand Valley State University
  • Dean Kleinschmidt, Detroit Lions
  • Dr. Pano Papalekas, Detroit Medical Center, Rehabilitation Institute
  • Dr. Steven Karageanes, Sports Medicine, DMC
  • Dr. Andrea Kuldanek, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Amy Teddy, Univ. Of Michigan, Motts Children Hospital
  • Jeffrey Kline, Sports Medicine, Oakwood Healthcare System
  • Mike Shoemaker, American Physical Therapy Assoc.
  • Jeff Monroe, Head Athletic Trainer, Michigan State Univ.
  • Linda Scarpetta, MI. Dept. of Community Health, Unintentional Injury Section
  • Kevin McKinney & Bill Zaagman, Lobbyists
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Michigan Law Creation

Michigan Law (continued)

  • NFL exerts pressure on Gov. Snyder
  • Sen. John Proos introduces a similar legislative bill S.B. 1122
  • NFL & negotiations
  • Bills Signed, October 23, 2012
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Michigan Law Creation

PUBLIC ACTS 342 & 343 of 2012

Public Act 342

Michigan Law regarding the Department of Community Health’s development, adoption and approval of educational and training materials for sports concussion awareness and compliance.

Public Act 343

Michigan Law regarding Compliance of Sports Concussion Awareness Training for organizing entities, sponsors or operators of an athletic activity in which youth athletes will participate.

future changes
Future Changes
  • Exemption of students less than 18 years old attending universities playing on club sports.
  • Return to Learn
    • Accommodations for learning, school environment, time necessary for recovery.
  • Coaches education to be extended to assistant coaches
for more information
For More Information

Michael F. Dabbs


Brain Injury Association of Michigan

7305 Grand River, Suite 100

Brighton, MI 48114

Toll-Free (800) 444-6443

PH: (810) 229-5880

Fax: (810) 229-8947

Website: www.biami.org