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MSYSA CONCUSSION INFORMATION & PROTECTION
MSYSA has taken a firm stand on youth participant concussions. All MSYSA member leagues should be aware of the symptoms and signs of a concussion as well as preventive measures and return to play procedures. By June 30th 2013, all MSYSA member leagues/clubs must be in compliance with Michigan Public Acts 342 and 343 of 2012. These acts require ALL youth athletic participants to sign a form acknowledging they have received concussion education materials. Youth coaches must also complete an online concussion training program. (see Required Materials for MSYSA Leagues below - effective Fall 2013)
What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury or trauma caused by a hit or blow to the head. Concussions can range from mild to severe and can occur even if the athlete doesn't lose consciousness. If untreated, concussions in youth athletes can change the way their brain works and can lead to long-term development problems including permanent brain damage.
Symptoms and Signs of a possible concussion in youth players:
Blurry, fuzzy or double vision
Sensitivity to light and/or noise
Concentration problems or memory loss
Balance and dexterity problems or dizziness
Vomiting or weak stomach
Recommended Return to Play Procedure/Tips:
If a player is suspected of having a concussion, they NEED to seek medical attention immediately.
Required Materials for MSYSA Member Leagues: Effective Fall 2013
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