SCVAA Concussion Resource Center
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a new bill into law on June 8, 2011 that now requires all coaches to sideline athletes who show signs of a concussion. Those athletes cannot return to the field until they get clearance by a state licensed MEDICAL health care provider. Minnesota now joins 20 states with similar laws taking effect.
The law takes effect September 1, 2011
- This applies to all players, in all sports, under the age of 18 and applies to ALL youth sports organizations both PUBLIC and PRIVATE.
- The law also requires that parents have access to information on the risks and symptoms of concussions and coaches must have training on concussions once every 3 years.
Coaches, please use the following link to take the required, free, quick, online concussion training session and print out the completion certificate. All Coaches are required to carry a current copy of their completion certificate with them while coaching.
Here is a quick review of concussion symptoms:
Confusion, foggy/groggy feeling, sluggish
Dizzy, poor balance
Sensitivity to noise or light, blurry vision
Headache, feeling of pressure
Poor memory: can’t remember what they ate earlier that day, the score of the game, what happened, etc.
Poor coordination and concentration
Everyone is different and symptoms can be very subtle. Being knocked UNCONSCIOUS is not a requirement and a “ding” can very well result in a concussion, especially for young athletes and athletes who have had previous head injuries.
SIGNS OF A MEDICAL EMERGENCY
HEADACHES THAT WORSEN
SEVERE NECK PAIN
LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS OR UNABLE TO BE AWAKENED EASILY
WEAKNESS / NUMBNESS IN ARMS OR LEGS
UNABLE TO RECOGNIZE FAMILIAR FACES/THINGS
Additional Concussion Information and Resource Materials
Information for Coaches
- Online Training Course for Youth Sports
- Fact Sheet [PDF 206KB]
- Clipboard [PDF 202KB]
- Poster [PDF 328KB]
Information for Athletes
Information for Parents