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Michigan bolsters concussion defense for youths

Michigan is the 39th state to pass sports concussion legislation that requires immediate removal of an athlete from physical activity who is suspected of sustaining a concussion. The student athlete must get written clearance from a doctor before he or she can return to play.

But the new law doesn’t apply only to athletes. This month, parents of all 1.5 million Michigan schoolchildren will receive concussion education materials because under the law, “athletic activity” includes school physical education courses.

Parents and students are required to review and sign education materials that describe the symptoms and danger signs of a concussion, which is a brain injury caused by a blow, bump or jolt to the head that can have serious consequences.

The new law also requires all coaches, employees, volunteers and other adults involved with youth athletic activities to complete an online concussion awareness training program

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