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Know the Law: Concussion Safety Law
Posted at 11:17 AM, Sep 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-27 11:17:55-04

As we enter fall and kids get back to school, sports and recreational activities ramp back up. And while we all want our kids to have fun, we also want them to be safe. Grand Rapids personal injury lawyer, Tom Sinas, has talked with us before about proving negligence in school sports injuries, and this week he discussed concussions safety laws in Michigan aimed to help protect Michigan kids.

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head. Back in 2013, the Legislature passed the Youth Concussion Statute. The statute covers a number of provisions, but mainly covers dealing with when a player needs to be removed from the game and when a player can return.

One of the most important directives from the law is that a youth athlete must be removed from play if a concussion is suspected. The student can't return to the game until written clearance is received from an appropriate medical professional.

The statute also requires that adults involved in a youth athletic activity receive training on sports concussions and that youth athletes and their parents or guardians receive educational information on sports concussions so that everyone involved in the sports knows what signs and symptoms to look for. The online training program must be re-taken every three years, or more frequently as determined by DHHS.

More information and resources can be found on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website.

Learn more by calling Sinas Dramis Law Firm at (616)-301-3333 or visit sinasdramis.com.

Know the Law is sponsored by Sinas Dramis Law Firm.