Mandatory concussion training for all coaches/volunteers of DKLL.
Michigan was the 39th U.S. state to enact a law that regulates sports concussions and return to athletic activity. The law went into full effect on June 30th, 2013.
The sports concussion legislation requires all coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults involved with a youth athletic activity to complete a concussion awareness on-line training program.
The organizing entity must provide educational materials on the signs/symptoms and consequences of concussions to each youth athlete and their parents/guardians and obtain a signed statement acknowledging receipt of the information for the organizing entity to keep on record.
The law also requires immediate removal of an athlete from physical participation in an athletic activity who is suspected of sustaining a concussion. The student athlete must then receive written clearance from an appropriate health professional before he or she can return to physical activity.
This is non negotiable, and will be strictly enforced. Coaches, and volunteers will need to complete the online Heads up Concussion Training, and print your certificate at the end prior to the start of the season. There will be forms for your players and parents to sign as well in your coaches packet. These only need to be completed once. Those who coached All-stars last year, or have completed the training for another sport are all set, as long as you still have your certificate.