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For coaches and schools

  • In May 2011, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a law to reduce head injuries among student athletes. It requires coaches, officials, parents and athletes to learn more about concussion. The measure also sidelines players after an injury until a doctor clears them to play.

    The law goes into effect during the fall 2011 sports season. Read the law on

    Concussion symptoms?

    If you think your athlete has had a concussion, immediately take these steps:

    1. Take him or her out of play.
    2. Seek advice from a health care professional experienced in evaluating concussions.

    Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if he or she:

    • passes out
    • or has trouble breathing
    • or has a severe headache
    • or has seizures
    • or experiences worsening of concussion symptoms below

    Seek medical attention if an athlete has taken a blow to the head and shows any of these symptoms:

    • headache
    • nausea or vomiting
    • problems concentrating or confusion - forgets sports plays
    • memory problems
    • balance issues or dizziness
    • double or blurry vision
    • sensitive to light or sounds
    • feeling hazy, foggy or groggy
    • dazed or "not feeling right"