First came the law. Michigan has become the “39th U.S. state to enact a law that regulates sports concussions and return to athletic activity.” Now comes the awareness reach with the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) launching “a website with resources for coaches, parents, and athletes with educational resources and online training courses from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) ‘Head’s Up’ Program.”
As the evidence associated with head injuries and the resulting aftermath continues to mount, it is hoped that, according to James K. Haveman, Director of the MDCH, “this law will help to preserve future health and academic performance of student athletes.”
In addition to the new MDCH website communicating “the details of the law and how to comply with it,” the site is a primary public resource for education and information, supporting “all coaches, employees, volunteers, or other involved adults” in their efforts to better recognize concussions, treat them, and implement best practices in return-to-play.
“The State of Michigan hopes with more education and immediate action, we together can prevent the life changing effects that can result from a sports concussion,” said Director Haveman.
To learn more, go to – www.michigan.gov/sportsconcussion