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Minnesota Concussion Law

It's now law in Minnesota that if young athletes show signs of a concussion, coaches must sideline them until they can get a medical all-clear.

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Even what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

To help ensure the health and safety of our young athletes, the Centers for Disease Control developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports.

The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion. 

A must-see primer for kids and parents

Return-To-Play Policy

If an athlete is removed from play because they are showing signs or symptoms of a concussion, Minnesota's Concussion Law requires they receive written authorization from a medical professional to return to play. Please provide a doctor's note to your head coach, once your athlete has been cleared.

For Athletes

What should I do if I think I have a concussion?

  • Tell your coaches and your parents. Never ignore a blow to the head, even if you feel fine.
  • Get a medical check up. A doctor can tell you if you have a concussion and when it is safe for you to return to play.
  • Give yourself time to get better. Your brain needs time to heal.

For Parents

What should you do if you think your child has a concussion? 

  • Seek medical attention.
  • Keep your child out of play. A child may NOT return to play until a medical professional says it's OK. Children who return to play too soon risk a greater chance of having a second concussion.
  • Tell your child's coach about any recent concussion.

For Coaches

All concussions are serious. To help recognize a concussion, you should watch for the following two things among your athletes:

  1. A forceful blow to the head or body that results in rapid movement of the head. AND
  2. Any change in the athlete's behavior, thinking, or physical functioning.