Snyder Signs Bills Protecting High School Athletes from Concussions
MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation into law protecting young athletes from sports-related concussions.
The governor signed two bills to inform students, coaches and parents on how to recognize a concussion. Senate Bill 1122 requires the Michigan Department of Community Health to develop both educational materials and a concussion awareness program.
House Bill 5697 requires that all youth sports coaches, employees and volunteers participate in the concussion awareness program, as well as provide the educational materials to athletes. Coaches also must immediately remove any youth athlete suspected of having sustained a concussion from competition, and only allow their return with written clearance from a health professional.
More than 140,000 high-school athletes sustain a concussion each year, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.
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