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Michigan Enacts Sports Concussion Law Affecting Youth Sports and Athletics

Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013

This year, Michigan became the 39th state in the U.S. to enact a law that regulates sports concussions and return to athletic activity. Public Acts 342 & 343 of 2012 went into effect on June 30th, 2013.

According to the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH), “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.”

The Michigan Sports Concussion Law affects every park and recreation department, school athletics department, and youth sports organization in the state. Below are some resources to assist MMRMA members with compliance. We will continue to assist the membership with related information and additional resources as they become available.

An overview from MDCH:

“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.”

Additional Concussion Law Resources:


Information on Mandatory Training Courses from MDCH:

“In order to meet the requirements of the law all coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults who are involved with a youth athletic activity must complete one of the concussion awareness on-line training courses listed below. Please follow the appropriate link below for either youth or high school sports training. These videos are approximately 30 minutes.  Please be sure to print or save the certificate that is offered at the end of the training session.

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If your community’s park and recreation department runs or sponsors youth athletic programs, leagues, tournaments, and/or instructional clinics, it must be in compliance with the new Sports Concussion Law prior to commencement of the aforementioned activities. If you have any questions on this new law or need further assistance, please contact MMRMA Risk Control Consultant Terry Van Doren via email or by phone: 734-564-0360 (cell) or 734-513-0300 (office).




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14001 Merriman Road
Livonia, MI 48154
734.513.0300
800.243.1324

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