Michigan Sports Concussion Law

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 US state to enact legislation regulating sports concussions and return to sport. The law came into full effect on June 30, 2013 and was amended in October 2017.

Concussion in sport legislation requires all coaches, staff, volunteers and other adults involved in youth sport to complete an online concussion awareness training program, which must be completed every three years , or more frequently as determined by DHHS.

The organizing entity must provide educational material on the signs/symptoms and consequences of concussions to each young athlete and their parents/guardians and obtain a signed statement acknowledging receipt of the information to be kept by the organizing entity.

The law also requires the immediate removal of an athlete from physical participation in a sporting activity who is suspected of having suffered a concussion. The student-athlete must then receive written authorization with an appropriate healthcare professional before they can resume physical activity.

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