Concussion Training for Coaches
Minnesota recently passed a "Concussion Law" which requires all public and private athletic associations to implement concussion training and education to improve athlete safety and establish safe return-to-play policies for athletes who sustain a concussion.
The law mandates that ALL coaches, sports directors and officials receive concussion training and education immediately, and then at three-year intervals thereafter. Per the law, coaches must remove an athlete from activity if they exhibit signs, symptoms or behaviors consistent with a concussion and/or are suspected of sustaining a concussion. The law also requires a doctor's signature to return to play if an athlete is removed due to a concussion or is showing signs or symptoms of a concussion.
The concussion education for coaches, directors and officials is an online video training session developed by the CDC. Follow the link below to the coach training module. Parents and athletes do not have to complete the training, but the information is very valuable regardless.
If you are an MYSL coach or leader, you are required to complete the CDC's training module. The training process involves watching a few short videos and then completing a brief, interactive quiz at the end of each segment. The entire training module will take about 45 minutes to complete. After completing the test, participants are offered the opportunity to print out a Certificate of Completion. Users should use a screen capture to save the certificate on their desktop or print and scan the certificate to create a digital file. Certificates of Completion must be emailed to ConcussionCert@mysl.org.
Parents, athletes, coaches and officials should print more information about the nature and risks of concussions from the CDC at www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/Youth.html and click on the appropriate link for fact sheets for parents, athletes and coaches.
COACHES and LEADERS:
1. Follow the link above and complete the online training.
2. Screen capture or print and scan your Certificate of Completion
3. Email your Certificate of Completion to ConcussionCert@mysl.org
4. Repeat the online testing every 3 years.