Minnesota Concussion Law
Minnesota Govenor Dayton signed a new bill into law on June 8, 2011 that requires any municipality, business, school district or nonprofit organization that organizes a youth athletic activity and charges a fee to follow the statutes requirements, including implementing concussion training and education to improve player safety and establish safe return-to-play for athletes who sustain a concussion. Minnesota now joins 20 states with similar laws taking effect.
The law mandates the following:
- The law takes effect September 1, 2011.
- This applies to all players under the age of 18 and applies to ALL youth sports organizations both PUBLIC and PRIVATE.
- All coaches and officials receive concussion training and education at three year intervals.
- Coaches must remove an athlete from activity if they exhibit signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion and/or suspected of sustaining a concussion.
- The law requires a doctor's signature to return to play if an athlete is removed due to concussion or is showing signs or symptoms of a concussion.
- The law also requires that parents have access to risks and symptoms of concussions.
More information can also be found on the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) website.