MN Youth Concussion Law During the recent legislative session, there was a new concussion law for youth that passed.
The new law requires that begining September 1, 2011:
Section 1. [121A.37] YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAMS.
(a) Consistent with section 121A.38, any municipality, business, or nonprofit organization that organizes a youth athletic activity for which an activity fee is charged shall:
Make information accessible to all participating coaches, officials, and youthathletes and their parents or guardians about the nature and risks of concussions. A Coach or official are to remove athletes under 18 years of age from sports events if they exhibit signs or symptoms of a concussion or a suspected concussion. Athletes removed from play for a concussion or a suspected concussion, may not participate in the activity until the youth athlete: (1) no longer exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion; AND (2) is evaluated by a health care provider and the provider gives the youth athlete written permission to again participate in the activity. Mandates coaches to receive initial online training about concussions, and online training at least once every three calendar years thereafter. The new law can be found at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/laws/?id=90&doctype=Chapter&year=2011&type=0
In order to comply with the new concussion law, coaches will need to click on the link below to take an online training course.
Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports is a FREE, online course available to coaches, parents and other community volunteers. This training course is less than 30 minutes. Once you have completed the training course you will be able to print out a certificate.
Coaches Applications All coaching applicants must complete a background screening once every two years. The process takes about two minutes and the cost will be charged directly to the BLYFA. Click here to begin.