Minnesota Concussion Law
The Minnesota Legislature passed a "Concussion Law" that requires any municipality, business, school district or nonprofit organization that organizes a youth athletic activity and charges a fee to follow the statute's requirements, including implementing concussion training and education to improve player safety and establish safe return-to-play policies for athletes who sustain a concussion.
The law mandates that:
- All coaches (head and assistants) and officials receive concussion training and education by September 1, 2011, and then at three-year intervals thereafter.
- Coaches must remove an athlete from activity if they exhibit signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion and/or are suspected of sustaining a concussion.
- The law also requires an appropriate health care professional's signature to return to play if an athlete is removed due to a concussion or is showing signs or symptoms of a concussion.
Concussion educationCoaches and officials need to complete an online video training session developed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Federation of State High Schools.
This course requires registration but it is free. The training process involves watching a video and then successfully completing a quiz. Please allow yourself one-half hour to complete the training, and print out a certificate when completed. Click here to review concussion awareness and educational information available at CDC's web site.
Order and view the free course