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Concussion Training

Concussion Education

The Minnesota Legislature recently passed a "Concussion Law" which requires any municipality, business, school district or nonprofit organization that organizes a youth athletic activity and charges a fee to follow the statute's requirements, including implementing concussion training and education to improve player safety and establish safe return-to-play policies for athletes who sustain a concussion.

The law mandates that:

  • All coaches (head and assistants) and officials must receive initial concussion training and concussion training at least once every three calendar years thereafter.
  • 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 that the PWYBA recommends is the online video training session developed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Federation of State High Schools. This course requires registration but is free. The training process involves watching a video and then successfully completing a quiz. The entire training module can be completed in a little over a half an hour and then participants can print out a certificate on their desktop or print and scan the certificate to create a digital file.
Click here to order and view the FREE course.

All PWYBA coaches (head and assistant) are required to upload their Certificate of Completion with their completed coaches registration. 


Parents and athletes do not have to complete the training but should access and review the concussion awareness and educational information available at CDC's website: http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/youthsports/training/index.html.

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