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.READ MORE: 'I Feel Like It's Worse': Parts Of South Minneapolis Still Plagued By Needle Littering
The law requires coaches to complete online training on the signs and symptoms of concussions.READ MORE: COVID Vaccine For Younger Kids 'Would Be Absolute Relief' For Families With Immunocompromised Members
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.MORE NEWS: How Did Pumpkin Spice Become The Flavor Of Fall?
Meyers suffered two concussions while playing hockey in her hometown of New Ulm. She told legislators about her experience in support of the legislation.