ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – Experts say young athletes are more at risk for concussions when they’re playing sports.

That’s why a young Minnesota girl has been speaking out for new legislation. Kayla Meyers was at the State Capitol on Wednesday for the ceremonial signing of a new concussion law.

The law requires coaches to complete online training on the signs and symptoms of concussions.

It also tightens return-to-play standards for athletes who suffer concussions, requiring an OK from a qualified health care provider before returning to the game.

“Today student athlete’s minds are set that I’m strong and tough whether they’re a guy or girl out on the field or ice or gymnasium. And they just need to realize that their health is more important than the game sometimes and that they really need to take care of themselves,” said Meyers.

Meyers suffered two concussions while playing hockey in her hometown of New Ulm. She told legislators about her experience in support of the legislation.

Comments (11)
  1. ohoh says:

    Shouldn’t the Governor be concentrating on the budget? Isn’t that what we elected him to do, not allow other issues to distract him from the job we electeed him to do.

    1. wilfred says:

      I guess he learned from the GOP how to multitask

    2. K. says:

      So, he should ignore everything else (which is also important) just to get this one thing done? I have a job where I’ve got about 10 balls in air that I’m trying to juggle at the same time and in order to get rid of some of the balls, thus freeing up my time for the other balls, I have to take care of the ones that are done and ready to go. If you set them aside just to concentrate on the one thing (that is being worked on by more than just the governor) than nothing would ever get done. But, you’ve obviously never had a job like that so you wouldn’t understand.

  2. GetReal says:

    More laws to protect kids from there stupid parents. I guess the government can solve all the social problems. Please, this is liberal media throwing a bone to the liberal and in-effective silver-spoon gov. I think I just threw up in my mouth.

    1. alan says:

      Wow, get real you need to get some brains or did you play hockey without a helmet. Google NHL concussions and see how messed up some of theses players are getting. Try reading and finding out what years of brain trauma has done to football players. No, government is not going to solve all social problems as hatred will never be cured by a government program. Perhaps though a coach can recognized when a player is dinged and hopefull keep him or her from turning into a ding dong.

  3. just an Average Joe says:

    “Experts say young athletes are more at risk for concussions when they’re playing sports.”

    So does this mean they are less at risk of concussion if they are not playing sports, or if the are not athletes, or if they are not young, or………

    What a seriously pointless opening sentence. There are Journalism Teachers cringing everywhere.

  4. Karen says:

    This is just common sense and should have been done by the teachers and parents but I suppose the union was against it because it was more work for the coach and the parents can’t be held responsible for not bringing the child into a doctor after they have a concussion.

    1. wilfred says:

      Try they never understood the problem. without a mandate the school districts probably would not pay for the training. It has been only in the last couple of years that they have begun to understand long term effects of concussions. But be simplistic and blame unions.

      1. Karen says:

        Its not a mandate its a law, and do you need a law to educate a teacher on new information about a subject, of course not they are given training every year on new subjects. So why a law?

  5. StraycatStrut says:

    Think this makes sense to Gov Dayton…….as he will be wearing a concussion helmet each day he is in office and does not want to appear strange.

    1. SO SAD says:

      Do you have one he can borrow?