Gov. Snyder signs concussion law

In order to better protect student athletes here in the state of Michigan, Governor Snyder signed a bill into law today, that is aimed at protecting athletes from concussions.

The law will immediately require a coach to remove a player from a game or practice, if the player is showing signs and/or symptoms of a concussion. Once the player is removed from the field of play, he or she must have written clearance from a medical professional in order to return.

Gov. Snyder has put the Michigan Department of Community Health in charge of developing educational materials and a concussion awareness program for coaches, athletes, and players to follow.

Each year, over 140,000 high school athletes suffer a concussion on the field of play, this according to the National Federation of State High School Associations.