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Tue October 23, 2012
Gov. Snyder Signs Youth Sports Concussion Bills
Michigan would boost efforts to reduce the number and severity of concussions in youth sports under bills signed Tuesday by Governor Rick Snyder.
The legislation will require coaches to remove players from a game immediately if they suspect a concussion. It will also make additional training programs and educational materials available for parents, coaches, and student athletes.
Governor Snyder says the subject hits close to home.
“They’re scary events when they happen," he says. "As a parent, I know. I’ve had children that have had concussions. And it’s something that really does concern you.”
Sponsors crafted the bills to reflect standards already used by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
The legislation would cover elementary, middle-school, and intramural sports.