Youth Sports Concussion Law Takes Effect

Apr 1, 2013

Student athletes who show signs of a concussion must be removed from games immediately under a law that takes effect Monday.

As The Michigan Public Radio Network's Jake Neher tells us, the state will also have to educate coaches, parents, and student athletes about head injuries.

State health officials plan to roll out a new education and awareness program this week. They say the most important part of the new law is raising awareness about the dangers of multiple head injuries – especially in young children.

Amy Teddy is with Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. She says the new law seeks to educate entire communities about how to protect kids.

“This is really not just about coaches,"  she says.  "This is a shared responsibility of anyone that has an invested interest in student athletes.”

The new law reflects standards already used by the Michigan High School Athletic Association. Schools have until the end of June to fully implement the new requirements.