Snyder signs bills to protect youth from concussions

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation on Oct. 23 to protect young athletes from sports-related concussions.

"Research consistently has shown that concussions are a serious health threat to athletes," Snyder said. "Coaches and parents need to be proactive in recognizing the signs of a concussion so we can protect injured children and teens from any further complications."

More than 140,000 high-school athletes sustain a concussion each year, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. More than half of the states already have enacted laws to protect against youth concussions, and many others have legislation in the works.

The governor signed two bills to inform students, coaches and parents on how to recognize a concussion. Senate Bill 1122, sponsored by state Sen. John Proos, requires the Michigan Department of Community Health to develop both educational materials and a concussion awareness program.

House Bill 5697, sponsored by state Rep. Thomas Hooker, requires that all youth sports coaches, employees and volunteers participate in the concussion awareness program, as well as provide the educational materials to athletes.

Published: Thu, Oct 25, 2012

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