Michigan introduces legislation to protect athletes from sports-related concussions.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed two bills to inform students, coaches, and parents on how to recognize a concussion. Snyder said in a press release, “Research consistently has shown that concussions are a serious health threat to athletes,” and that “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.”
The legislation is in response to data from the National Federation of State High School Associations which shows that more than 140,000 high-school athletes sustain a concussion each year. Concussions are so dangerous to young athletes because the brain is not fully matured until people reach their mid-20s. Damage from multiple, or untreated concussions can be severe.
The bill calls for all youth sports coaches, employees, and volunteers to participate in a concussion awareness program, in addition to supplying educational materials to athletes.
More than half of all states already enacted laws to protect youth against concussions, while many others have legislation in the works.