(WXYZ) - A law regulating sports concussions went into effect in Michigan on Sunday.
The measure requires all coaches, volunteers and others adults involved in youth athletics to go through a concussion awareness program. They are responsible for providing educational material on the signs, symptoms and consequences resulting from concussions as well as obtaining signed statements acknowledging receipt of the information which must be kept on record.
The Michigan Department of Community Health website describes a concussion as a major brain injury that can have serious consequences. It is caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head and can occur in any sport or recreational activity.
Under the new law, if a concussion is suspected, the athlete must immediately be removed from play and cannot return to athletic activity until he or she gets written clearance from a doctor.
A few signs that coaching staff should look for are as follows:
- the athlete moves clumsily
- the athlete loses consciousness
- the athlete looks dazed or stunned.
Michigan was the 39th U.S. state to pass a law regulating sports concussions and return to athletic activity.