Minnesota Govenor Dayton signed a new bill into law on June 8, 2011 that now requires all coaches to sideline athletes who show signs of a concussion.
Those athletes cannot return to the field until they get clearance by a state licensed MEDICAL health care provider. Minnesota now joins 20 states with similar laws taking effect.
- The law takes effect September 1, 2011.
- This applies to all players under the age of 18 and applies to ALL youth sports organizations both PUBLIC and PRIVATE.
Here is a quick review of concussion symptoms. A more comprehensive list can be found on the documents listed at the bottom of this page.
~ Confusion, foggy/groggy feeling, sluggish
~ Dizzy, poor balance
~ Sensitivity to noise or light, blurry vision
~ Headache, feeling of pressure
~ Poor memory: (i.e. can't remember what they ate earlier that day, the score of the game, what happened, etc).
~ Poor coordination and concentration
Everyone is different and symptoms can be very subtle. Being knocked UNCONCIOUS is not a requirement.
SIGNS OF A MEDICAL EMERGENCY
~ Headaches that worsen
~ Repeated vomiting
~ Severe neck pain
~ Loss of consciousness or unable to be awakened easily
~ Weakness/Numbness in arms or legs
~ Unable to recognize familar faces/things