West Michigan

Youth Soccer Assoc.

Concussion

Concussion Memo 7.15

The State of Michigan recently passed new legislation regarding youth athletes and concussions. Michigan Public Acts 342 and 343 require organizing entities to comply with three components of the newly enacted concussion legislation.

1) All youth participants (and guardians) MUST sign an acknowledgement form agreeing that they have received concussion information pursuant to Section 9155. This player/parent acknowledgement form is included in this communication and also lists relevant concussion information. This form will only need to be filled out ONCE and kept on file for the duration of the athlete’s participation in the organization or until the youth athlete is 18 years of age.

2) All coaches, employees, volunteers, and other adults involved with a youth athletic activity MUST complete a concussion awareness online training program. This only needs to be completed once by each adult member. For convenience, the “Heads-Up Concussion Training” compliance reporting will be integrated into individual GotSoccer accounts when a new background check is submitted. Every adult member is responsible for his/her compliance with the online training. The Heads-Up Concussion Training must be taken by all Coaches and Managers directly through their GotSoccer account.  By doing this the certification shows up in the coach/manager record and can be reprinted from the coach/manager record whenever needed.  For non Coach and Managers the link can be found on the MSYSA website or at: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/Training

3) If a player is diagnosed with a concussion or is experiencing concussion like symptoms, the “Medical Clearance to Return to Play” form must be filled out by a medical professional BEFORE returning to soccer. This form is also included in this communication. Once a concussion is suspected, the player must be removed immediately and kept out of all further games, practices, trainings etc.

All MSYSA leagues/clubs must be in compliance with this new legislation by June 30, 2013.

Michigan Concussion Information and Forms CLICK HERE

Sample Team Concussion Awareness Form  CLICK HERE